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Clotten Foundation Prize 2015 Awarded to Prof. Terry Rabbitts

Clotten Foundation Prize 2015 Awarded to Prof. Terry Rabbitts

Posted 19/11/2015

Professor Terry Rabbitts has been awarded the inaugural Clotten Foundation Prize 2015 for discoveries on human antibody genes leading to therapeutic antibodies, and discoveries on chromosomal translocations in cancer leading to novel therapeutic approaches. The Clotten Foundation was founded in 1994 following the death of Dr Annemarie Clotten, who bequeathed an endowment to establish the organisation. The Clotten Foundation aims to support ...

Epigenomics of Common Diseases 2015 Prize

Epigenomics of Common Diseases 2015 Prize

Posted 19/11/2015

Maria Suciu, a final year DPhil student in the Higgs/Hughes labs, was awarded the Outstanding Presentation Prize at the 5th Wellcome Trust Conference - Epigenomics of Common Diseases.  Maria presented the findings from part of her thesis project on comparing open-chromatin assays DNase-Seq and ATAC-Seq. The Epigenomics of Common Diseases 2015 Conference brought together leading scientists from the fields of epigenomics, genetics and ...

Researchers in the MRC Human Immunology Unit discover immune system’s Trojan horse

Researchers in the MRC Human Immunology Unit discover immune system’s Trojan horse

Posted 04/08/2015

Professor Jan Rehwinkel’s team from the MRC Human Immunology Unit have found that human cells use viruses as Trojan horses, transporting a messenger that encourages the immune system to fight the very virus that carries it. The discovery could have implications for the design of new vaccines. Scientists already knew that when a virus containing or producing DNA enters a cell in the body it is detected by a protein called cGAS. This in turn ...

Annual WIMM fundraiser raises over £1000 for urology cancer research

Annual WIMM fundraiser raises over £1000 for urology cancer research

Posted 10/07/2015

Every year in early summer, a team of dedicated volunteers at the WIMM put together a series of fund-raising activities in aid of a local charity, which is often chosen because the beneficiary has links to staff and students at the Institute. This year, the WIMM decided to support UCARE (Urology Cancer Research and Education), a charity based at the nearby Churchill Hospital in Oxford which aims to improve the treatment and care of patients ...

Breast Cancer NOW Grant Awarded

Breast Cancer NOW Grant Awarded

Posted 30/06/2015

Adrian Harris has received a grant from the new breast cancer charity, Breast Cancer NOW, which combines the previous breast cancer charities Breakthrough Breast Cancer and Breast Cancer Campaign.  The grant is to examine the function of a long non-coding RNA, NEAT1, induced by hypoxia, which helps assemble the nuclear structure known as a paraspeckle.  This can act as an assembly platform for transcription factors and represents a new mechanism ...

Wellcome Trust Postdoctoral Fellowship awarded

Wellcome Trust Postdoctoral Fellowship awarded

Posted 04/06/2015

Dr Beth Psaila has been awarded a Wellcome Trust Postdoctoral Fellowship. Beth will work with Adam Mead and Irene Roberts on the role of megakaryocytes in myelofibrosis (MF), using single cell profiling to study the molecular mechanisms underlying abnormal megakaryopoiesis in MF and the pathways by which megakaryocytes contribute to bone marrow fibrosis. She will spend the first 2 years of her Fellowship working in David Bodine's lab at the ...

WIMM PhD students reach the final of international biotech startup competition

WIMM PhD students reach the final of international biotech startup competition

Posted 11/05/2015

Bridging the divide between academia and industry is the sacred goal of many researchers, but few are equipped to take their ideas from the bench to the boardroom. However, OneStart (an initiative supported by the Oxbridge Biotech Roundtable and SR One - the corporate venture capital arm of GSK) is designed to help scientists do just that, and a team of four PhD students from Tudor Fulga’s lab have made it to the final of this year’s hotly ...

Henry Wellcome Post-doctoral Fellowship awarded

Henry Wellcome Post-doctoral Fellowship awarded

Posted 29/04/2015

Dr James Felce, of the T-cell Biology Group and the HIU, has been awarded a Henry Wellcome Post-doctoral Fellowship by the Wellcome Trust. The fellowship is for 4 years and James will be working with Prof. Mike Dustin at the Kennedy Institute but also partly at the ETH Zurich. He will be studying the role of G protein-coupled receptors in the regulation of T-cell activation using a number of imaging and microfluidic techniques. James said, ...

RDM Image Competition 2015 success

RDM Image Competition 2015 success

Posted 17/04/2015

WIMM staff members Kevin Clark and Erdinc Sezgin have been awarded second place in the RDM Image Competition 2015 for their entries in the Non-Scientific and Scientific Image categories respectively. This fantastic achievement represents great skill in using photography and microscopy to illustrate scientific research. Erdinc SezginThe image shows the vesicles derived from cell membrane. These vesicles as called Giant Plasma Membrane Vesicles ...

New science and Nobel Prize winners: WIMM Day 2015

New science and Nobel Prize winners: WIMM Day 2015

Posted 08/04/2015

Once a year, all the scientists in the MRC WIMM come together to discuss their most exciting new research and to catch up with colleagues out of the lab over a cup of coffee and a mini quiche or two. The annual conference is always an excellent day and this year’s event, held on Friday 27th March at the Said Business School, was no exception. An important aspect of WIMM Day is the opportunity for PhD students to present their work to the entire ...