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Royal Society Research Merit Award for WIMM Professor

Royal Society Research Merit Award for WIMM Professor

Posted 01/12/2014

Professor Roger Patient has been awarded a prestigious Royal Society Research Merit Award in recognition of his outstanding contribution in developmental haematopoiesis. Commenting on the award, he said, ‘I have been lucky enough to have worked with many talented people over the years. This award is a tribute to them.’  

Professor Sir David Weatherall has been awarded the Cerami Award in Translational Medicine

Professor Sir David Weatherall has been awarded the Cerami Award in Translational Medicine

Posted 12/11/2014

Professor Sir David Weatherall has been awarded the Cerami Award in Translational Medicine.  "The Anthony Cerami Award in Translational Medicine was created to recognize investigators who provided the crucial, early insight and ideas that are the essence of discovery, creating new fields and research trajectories followed by the persistent clinical investigation that ultimately changes how disease is prevented, diagnosed and treated,” said ...

New £3m Wellcome Trust Strategic Grant Won

New £3m Wellcome Trust Strategic Grant Won

Posted 07/11/2014

Doug Higgs (WIMM) and Peter Donnelly (WTCHG) have been awarded a collaborative Wellcome Trust Strategic grant (~£3M) to develop a systematic approach to understanding the biology underpinning GWAS hits.  Our aim is to establish a pipeline for identifying causative SNPs and the genes they regulate.  Initially we will study red cell traits (with David Roberts and Dominic Kwiatowski), type 2 diabetes (with Mark McCarthy and Anna Gloyn) and multiple ...

Oxford Single Cell Biology Consortium secures a substantial award

Oxford Single Cell Biology Consortium secures a substantial award

Posted 28/10/2014

As part of the MRC’s Clinical Research Capabilities and Technologies Initiative the Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine (WIMM) has been award £4.9m to support the Oxford Single Cell Biology Consortium. The award will be used to develop three integrated centres for single cell biology in Oxford based at the WIMM, the Welcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics and the South Parks Road Campus (Biochemistry and the MRC Functional Genomics Unit ...

Biochemical Society Grant for School Engagement Project

Biochemical Society Grant for School Engagement Project

Posted 21/10/2014

Caroline Scott, in Richard Gibbons' lab, has been awarded a grant by the Biochemical Society to run a workshop entitled ‘Cells: the LEGO of Life’ at North Leigh Primary School.  The aim of the event is to teach the students a few key simple concepts about cells, and to inspire them to think about science as a fun and exciting topic.  The funds will be used to purchase some basic lab equipment, including lab coats, goggles and pipettes, to give ...

CNRS-Oxford Collaboration Scheme Grant Awarded

CNRS-Oxford Collaboration Scheme Grant Awarded

Posted 17/10/2014

David Clynes, a post-doctoral scientist in Richard Gibbons' lab, has successfully been awarded a grant through the CNRS-Oxford Collaboration scheme.  The scheme aims to facilitate the development of new collaborations, between researchers at the two organisations.  David will use the funding to visit the Almouzni laboratory in Paris with the collaborative aim to study the dynamics of ATRX mediated histone deposition. Of the award, David said ...

Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research Grant Awarded

Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research Grant Awarded

Posted 10/10/2014

Prof Paresh Vyas has just been awarded a Grant from Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research  - A first-in-human, first-in-class Phase I dose escalation trial of Humanized Anti-CD47 Monoclonal Antibody Hu5F9-G4 in Acute Myeloid Leukaemia (AML). Paresh says – “Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research is one of the biggest charitable funders of haematology research in the UK.  They have awarded the MRC Molecular Haematology Unit a grant of £300 000 to conduct a ...

The WIMM is named ‘Most Innovative Research Institution’ by the United Arab Emirates Genetic Diseases Association

The WIMM is named ‘Most Innovative Research Institution’ by the United Arab Emirates Genetic Diseases Association

Posted 09/10/2014

The United Arab Emirates Genetic Diseases Association (UAEGDA) is an organization based in Dubai that aims to raise awareness and understanding of genetic disorders that are a major health concern in the UAE and the Gulf Region. Such diseases include inherited anaemias (such as sickle cell disease and thalassemia) that the MRC Molecular Haematology Unit has worked on for over 30 years.  On 15th September, the UAEGDA held its 5th International ...

School raises valuable funds for AML research at the WIMM

School raises valuable funds for AML research at the WIMM

Posted 05/09/2014

Acute myeloid leukaemia (AML) is a rare and often lethal form of blood cancer. Several groups at the WIMM focus on trying to understand how and why AML progresses, with the aim of developing better diagnostic and therapeutic strategies for this devastating disease. Professor Paresh Vyas, a group leader at the WIMM and a practicing clinician, combines both basic research into AML alongside regular contact with patients suffering from the ...

Anya Sturdy Fellowship

Anya Sturdy Fellowship

Posted 29/07/2014

Double congratulations! Well done to both Catherine Garnett and Andrew King who have each been awarded a prestigious Anya Sturdy Fellowship and thank you to the Anya Sturdy Trustees for exceptionally offering to support two fellowships this year. Catherine and Andrew will both take up their fellowships in August, joining the Vyas and Higgs groups respectively. Dr Chris Hatton, Consultant Haematologist who led the interview process was delighted ...