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Genetic tracking identifies cancer stem cells in patients

Posted 16/05/2014

The gene mutations driving cancer have been tracked for the first time in patients back to a distinct set of cells at the root of cancer – cancer stem cells. The international research team, led by scientists at the University of Oxford and the Karolinska Institutet in Sweden, studied a group of patients with myelodysplastic syndromes – a malignant blood condition which frequently develops into acute myeloid leukaemia. The researchers say ...

Programme grant won

Programme grant won

Posted 02/05/2014

The laboratory of Professor Vincenzo Cerundolo has won a CRUK Programme Grant for their work on development of vaccination strategies to enhance tumour specific immune responses. Prof. Cerundolo said, 'We aim to gain a better understanding of the mechanisms which control the cell-cell interplay required for optimal activation of tumour-specific immune responses and to apply this knowledge to the development of better treatment of cancer ...

Oxford Genome Engineering Symposium 2014

Oxford Genome Engineering Symposium 2014

Posted 23/04/2014

The first Oxford Genome Engineering Symposium is taking place on Friday May 2nd. The Symposium is being organised by Dr Tudor Fulga and Dr Tatjana Sauka-Spengler (WIMM, RDM) and Dr Andrew Bassett (Dunn School). The symposium features speakers from the top UK laboratories that employ genome engineering tools to address diverse questions in development and disease, in a multitude of cellular and animal models. Attendance is free, but you must ...

WIMM Day 2014

WIMM Day 2014

Posted 09/04/2014

March 28th saw the annual WIMM Day at the Saïd Business School, Oxford. Presentations from all departments of the WIMM were made along with nearly 50 posters. Dr Stuart Orkin was the guest speaker of the day and presented the 3rd Weatherall Lecture with a seminar entitled 'Bringing genetics and epigenetics to fetal hemoglobin'. Professor Sir David Weatherall talked about '25 Years of the WIMM' and the Ita Askonas Medal for the best student ...

AMRC Science Communication Award Winner

AMRC Science Communication Award Winner

Posted 20/03/2014

British Heart Foundation's "Lab Live" project featuring Jana Koth (Roger Patient Lab) wins the Association of Medical Research Charities (AMRC) Science Communication Award for the category 'Engaging patients and the public'. Lab Live was a Google+ hangout live from the Roger Patient Lab at the WIMM and it was accompanied by a video about Jana's work. The hangout was an opportunity for BHF supporters, including heart failure patients and the ...

WIMM Day 2014

WIMM Day 2014

Posted 26/03/2014

Friday March 28th marks the annual WIMM Day event. Held at the Saïd Business School in the centre of Oxford, this is a day of seminars and posters from all of the units that make up the WIMM. This years guest speaker, presenting the 3rd Weatherall Lecture is Professor Stuart Orkin with a seminar entitled 'Bringing genetics and epigenetics to fetal hemoglobin'. Professor Sir David Weatherall will talk about '25 Years of the WIMM' and there will ...

New University Professor of Immunology announced

New University Professor of Immunology announced

Posted 26/02/2014

Tao Dong from the MRC HIU Unit has been announced as a new University Professor of Immunology. Her group's research is to focus on the functional aspects of the antigen specific T cells and studying the factors affecting T cells in controlling virus infection.

Professor Ahmed Ahmed wins Ovarian Cancer Action research grant

Professor Ahmed Ahmed wins Ovarian Cancer Action research grant

Posted 12/02/2014

Ovarian Cancer Action recently announced the award of a £600,000 grant to a team of Oxford Researchers led by Professor Ahmed Ashour Ahmed at the Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine, University of Oxford, John Radcliffe Hospital. The grant was awarded as part of a new open call competitive grant round, which we launched in June 2013 to attract innovative, novel and creative proposals for ovarian cancer research. Professor Ahmed’s ...

Wellcome Trust Senior Investigator Award for Prof Andrew Wilkie

Wellcome Trust Senior Investigator Award for Prof Andrew Wilkie

Posted 22/01/2014

The Wellcome Trust announced that Prof Andrew Wilkie has been give a Senior Investigator Award. These highly competitive awards provide   funding for scientists who have an excellent track record and are in an established academic post. They offer the flexibility and time to enable them to tackle the most important questions in their field. Prof Wilkie's research focuses on "Mutations in malformation and disease". In particular Prof ...

Awards and Fellowships in the WIMM

Posted 16/12/2013

The following awards and a fellowship have recently been announced for WIMM researchers. Andrew Wilkie - Wellcome Trust Senior Investigator Award, Alison Simmons - Wellcome Trust New Investigator Award, Adam Mead - MRC Senior Clinical Fellowship, Rui Monteiro - BHF Intermediate Basic Science Research Fellowship, Marella de Bruijn, Catherine Porcher and Wojciech Niedzwiedz have all been awarded the title of University Research Lecturer in ...