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Celebrating Sir Walter Bodmer’s 80th birthday

Celebrating Sir Walter Bodmer’s 80th birthday

Posted 11/07/2016

Sir Walter Bodmer’s 80th Birthday celebration was held at Hertford College on the evening of the 5th of May.  Over 100 of Walter’s closest friends and colleagues enjoyed a champagne reception in the principals’ lodgings, followed by a four-course dinner in the main hall.  During the course of the evening, several guests including Sir Nick Wright, Professors Ian Tomlinson, Veronica van Heyningen, John Trowsdale and Ellen Solomon shared anecdotes ...

Three Minute Thesis Competition

Three Minute Thesis Competition

Posted 05/07/2016

Would you be able to explain an 80,000 word document on cutting-edge scientific research in three minutes flat? The Three Minute Thesis Competition (abbreviated 3MT) originates from the University of Queensland in Brisbane. Universities around the world encourage PhD students to talk about their research projects in no more than three minutes. Each participant is allowed to aid their presentation with a single slide without any sounds or ...

Lister Institute Research Prize Fellowship awarded

Lister Institute Research Prize Fellowship awarded

Posted 27/05/2016

Jan Rehwinkel, a Group leader in HIU,  has recently been awarded a Lister Institute Research Prize Fellowship to study “Z-RNA and Z-DNA: Novel Inducers of Antiviral Immunity”.  Jan says “In addition to the well-known B- and A-form, double-stranded DNA and RNA can also adopt the so-called Z-conformation. Z-DNA and Z-RNA are characterised by a left-handed double helix, the absence of major grooves and a zig-zag arrangement of the phosphodiester ...

From molecules to microscopes: WIMM Day 2016

From molecules to microscopes: WIMM Day 2016

Posted 18/05/2016

Once a year, all research and support staff working within the MRC Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine (WIMM) in Oxford gather together to explore and discuss the innovative and diverse research ongoing within the Institute. The WIMM houses nearly 500 research staff working on a range of research interests from rare anaemias to prostate cancer, and as a result the annual WIMM Day conference always promises to be a stimulating and ...

Spinout co-founded by WIMM computational biologist launches new software

Spinout co-founded by WIMM computational biologist launches new software

Posted 03/05/2016

In the summer of 2014, Steve Taylor (Head of the Computational Biology Research Group at the MRC WIMM) was awarded £27,000 by the Oxford Invention Fund to build Zegami, a high throughput image analysis tool. Last month, after sourcing funding from additional investors including Parkwalk Advisors and Oxford Sciences Innovation, the spinout company created in February 2016 to develop the software launched the product for the first time. Zegami ...

Sir David Weatherall Graduate Scholarship is endowed in perpetuity at the WIMM

Sir David Weatherall Graduate Scholarship is endowed in perpetuity at the WIMM

Posted 23/03/2016

The Sir David Weatherall Graduate Scholarship was initiated nearly three years ago, with its first recipient, Lucas Greder, starting his graduate training in October 2013. The Scholarship was established to support the brightest minds in molecular biology to launch their careers within the world-class research environment at the WIMM. This year, thanks to the generous support of many donors, foundations and the University of Oxford’s Graduate ...

Five-year research fellowships offered at  new WIMM Centre for Computational Biology

Five-year research fellowships offered at new WIMM Centre for Computational Biology

Posted 02/02/2016

The MRC Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine (WIMM) is a world-leading research institution, combining excellence in clinical research with an outstanding track record in basic science. Thanks to a significant investment from the Medical Research Council the Institute will open a new purpose built Centre for Computational Biology in June 2016. The Centre will include up to 40 computational scientists with expertise in bioinformatics, ...

Oxford spin-out Orbit Discovery launches peptide-discovery platform

Posted 26/01/2016

Orbit Discovery – a new spinout from the University of Oxford – has raised seed funding to commercialise technology which will help to identify targeted, affordable therapeutic drugs known as peptides. Oxford Sciences Innovation, the £320m investment company established to provide capital and scaling expertise to Oxford spin-outs, is the lead investor in the new company.  Other investors include the Oxford Technology and Innovations EIS Fund ...

Children with Cancer UK Research Fellowship Awarded

Children with Cancer UK Research Fellowship Awarded

Posted 26/01/2016

David Clynes, a postdoc in the MRC Molecular Haematology Unit, has been awarded a Children with Cancer UK Research Fellowship. This Fellowship scheme aims to support outstanding scientists seeking to develop a career in childhood cancer research and aims to identify ‘research leaders of the future’ providing them with the support they need to achieve their full potential. The Fellowship includes funding for a defined five year programme of ...

New clinical trial to tackle aggressive form of leukaemia

New clinical trial to tackle aggressive form of leukaemia

Posted 08/12/2015

A new clinical trial involving scientists at the WIMM plans to study the safety of a new experimental drug to treat a form of leukaemia called Acute Myeloid Leukaemia (AML). Acute myeloid leukaemia is the most common aggressive blood cancer and there are about 2,200 new cases in the UK each year. It can be hard to treat, especially in patients over 65 years of age and is often fatal within a year of diagnosis. Therefore, there is an urgent need ...