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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 ...

SET for BRITAIN 2015 Silver Medal awarded in the House of Commons

SET for BRITAIN 2015 Silver Medal awarded in the House of Commons

Posted 17/03/2015

Kinda Al-Hourani, a final year DPhil student in Hal Drakesmith's lab in the MRC Human Immunology Unit, took a poster describing her project ("Activins and antiviral immunity") to the House of Commons a few days ago, to compete in the SET for BRITAIN 2015 Event.  Kinda presented her poster to a variety of scientists, Members and Lords / Ladies including Andrew Miller MP, Chair of the HoC Science and Technology Committee.  As a result, Kinda ...

Academy of Medical Sciences Starter Grant Awarded

Academy of Medical Sciences Starter Grant Awarded

Posted 17/02/2015

Noémi Roy was awarded an Academy of Medical Sciences Starter Grant for Clinical Lecturers.  These grants are aimed at supporting Clinical Lecturers in strengthening their research experience at post-doctoral level.  Noémi will be working in Veronica Buckle’s lab, studying the phenotype of a CDAN1 conditional knock-out mouse in the haematopoietic system.  CDAN1 is one of the genes known to cause Congenital Dyserythropoietic Anaemia. 

MRC Developmental Pathway Funding Scheme grant awarded

MRC Developmental Pathway Funding Scheme grant awarded

Posted 03/02/2015

WIMM Professor Ahmed Ahmed, along with Martin Drysdale from the Beatson Institute in Glasgow and Stefan Knapp (TDI, Oxford) have been awarded a substantial DPFS (Developmental Pathway Funding Scheme) grant (~£1.9M) from the MRC.  The grant will support intensive medicinal chemistry efforts, structural biology and preclinical evaluation to develop novel small molecule inhibitor of SIK2 for ovarian cancer therapy.

Dr Oliver Bannard joins the WIMM

Dr Oliver Bannard joins the WIMM

Posted 30/01/2015

The MRC Human Immunology Unit has a new group head. Dr Oliver Bannard is a Sir Henry Dale Fellow and comes to the WIMM from the University of California San Francisco where he worked in the lab of Prof Jason Cyster. Antibody-mediated immune responses provide critical protection against a wide range of pathogens and their induction is the main way by which vaccines elicit immunity. However, attempts to generate effective immunisations to some ...

WIMM raises £1,500 for local Air Ambulance

WIMM raises £1,500 for local Air Ambulance

Posted 22/01/2015

For the past 23 years, staff at the WIMM have run an annual fund-raising event in aid of a local charity, which includes the sale of homemade cakes, homegrown plants, and a quiz which has become infamous amongst staff. This year, the Thames Valley & Chiltern Air Ambulance was chosen as the recipient organisation, and events led by Joy Bull, Kathryn Robson and Beth Lang raised £1,504 for the charity. The Thames Valley & Chiltern Air ...

Fellow of the Society of Biology announced

Fellow of the Society of Biology announced

Posted 08/01/2015

Philip Simister, senior post-doctoral researcher and Chair of the WIMM Post-doc Association, has been elected as a Fellow of the Society of Biology (FSB) for an all-round contribution over the last decade to research, education, and public engagement in the biological sciences.

Joy Bull: 50 years in clinical sciences, and £50k raised for charity

Joy Bull: 50 years in clinical sciences, and £50k raised for charity

Posted 06/01/2015

Most sensible people would probably think twice about taking a slice of cake iced with a huge radioactivity sign. But not staff at the WIMM, who did just that in late December as they bid a fond farewell to Joy Bull, Deputy Senior Radiation Protection Officer at the Institute. Joy got her first job at the Radcliffe Infirmary in 1965, but it was whilst working at the Churchill Hospital a few years later that her interest in the medical use of ...

Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists Annual Scientific Undergraduate Prize

Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists Annual Scientific Undergraduate Prize

Posted 16/12/2014

Dr Daniel Klotz from Prof Ahmed Ahmed’s Lab has won the Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists Annual Scientific Undergraduate Prize. Daniel will be invited to present his work at the Annual Academic Meeting 21-23 January 2015.

Sir Henry Wellcome Postdoctoral Fellowship Awarded

Sir Henry Wellcome Postdoctoral Fellowship Awarded

Posted 03/12/2014

Dr Hannah Long who recently obtained her DPhil from Rob Klose and Roger Patient's lab has been awarded a prestigious Sir Henry Wellcome Postdoctoral Fellowship.  This fellowship provides a unique opportunity for the most promising newly qualified postdoctoral researchers to make an early start in developing their independent research careers, working in the best research environments in the UK and overseas.  Candidates will be expected to ...