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Showcasing molecular medicine in Oxford

Showcasing molecular medicine in Oxford

Posted 12/08/2014

Andrew Smith, MP for Oxford East and Anneliese Dodds, Labour MEP for the South East, visited the MRC Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine in Oxford (WIMM) on 11 July to see for themselves the pioneering research ongoing at the Institute and to meet some of the scientists leading this research. Following the visit, Mr Smith said: "It was great to meet researchers and see the fantastic work they are doing.   It is wonderful that in Oxford ...

MRC 5 Year Programme Grant awarded

MRC 5 Year Programme Grant awarded

Posted 06/08/2014

Prof David Beeson has been awarded an MRC 5 Year Programme Grant - Disease mechanisms and therapies for inherited disorders of the neuromuscular synapse2. David says – “Congenital myasthenic syndromes (CMS) stem from genetic defects that affect signal transmission at the neuromuscular synapse.  Although these disorders are life-threatening and can cause severe disability,  they provide rare examples of genetic muscle diseases that can be ...

Prof Adrian Harris has been recognised as a Highly Cited Researcher

Prof Adrian Harris has been recognised as a Highly Cited Researcher

Posted 04/08/2014

  Prof Adrian Harris has been recognised as a Highly Cited Researcher 2014, as classified by Thomson Reuters.  Derived from InCites Essential Science Indicators, a subset of the Web of Science, Highly Cited Researchers presents more than 3,000 authors in 21 main fields of science and the social sciences.  These listings of Highly Cited Researchers feature authors whose published work in their specialty areas has consistently been judged by ...

Awards for WIMM scientists

Awards for WIMM scientists

Posted 31/07/2014

Two awards have been announced for scientists in the WIMM. Oni Chowdhury has been awarded an NIHR clinical lectureship. This will enable Oni to incorporate the remainder of her specialist clinical training with research. She will be working on the therapeutic targeting of malignant stem cells with the Stem Cell Group in the WIMM.           Chris Babbs has been awarded a 3 year project grant, funded by Action Medical Research for ...

Wellcome Trust Senior Investigator Award

Wellcome Trust Senior Investigator Award

Posted 28/07/2014

Prof Chris Newbold has been awarded a Wellcome Trust Senior Investigator Award. Chris says – “The expression of some multigene families is key to malaria virulence. The prime example is the var gene family of Plasmodium falciparum whose protein products are expressed on the surface of infected red cells (iRBC), undergo mutually exclusive expression and evade host immunity by transcriptional switches. They also mediate binding to host cell ...

Computational Biology Research Group Win Software Grant

Computational Biology Research Group Win Software Grant

Posted 16/07/2014

The Oxford Invention Fund (OIF) has awarded Steve Taylor, Head of the Computational Biology Research Group, £27000 to build Zegami, a high throughput image centric analysis software tool, building on the HTML5 Pivot Viewer software (Taylor and Noble, 2014). The OIF fund was devised to ensure that smart ideas will be developed to a stage where they can be transferred from the University to business.  It provides an opportunity for donors to ...

Advanced super-resolution fluorescence STED microscopy of the cellular interior

Advanced super-resolution fluorescence STED microscopy of the cellular interior

Posted 11/07/2014

Prof Christian Eggeling with Prof Simon Davies and Dr Jan Rehwinkel, MRC Human Immunology Unit (HIU), have just been awarded a Multi-user Equipment Grant from the Wellcome Trust. This is for upgrades to two existing super-resolution STED microscopes that form part of the Wolfson Imaging Centre Oxford, under supervision of Prof Christian Eggeling and Dr Christoffer Lagerholm. The upgrades will enable users to take super-resolved images in three ...

Plant sale gets WIMM annual fundraising event off to a flying start

Plant sale gets WIMM annual fundraising event off to a flying start

Posted 01/07/2014

Every year since the WIMM opened it has held a series of annual fund-raising events, supporting a diverse range of charities. Initially established over 20 years ago to fund research into sudden infant death cot syndrome, subsequent charities have included Helen and Douglas House in Oxford, and also Help for Heroes. This year, the Institute has chosen to support the Thames Valley and Chiltern Air Ambulance, and fundraising is well ...

Wellcome Trust New Investigator Award

Wellcome Trust New Investigator Award

Posted 13/06/2014

Recent medical advances have generated a doubling in life expectancy in the industrialized world. It is well documented that the elderly immune system is unable to fight off infections and fails to respond optimally to vaccinations, contributing to morbidity in old age. The reasons behind the decline of the immune system are not clear. Our hypothesis is that long-lived immune cells have developed a strict regime of waste disposal, called ...

Professor Richard Cornall elected as a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences

Professor Richard Cornall elected as a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences

Posted 03/06/2014

Richard Cornall from the MRC Human Immunology Unit has been elected as a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences. 44 new Fellows were elected to the Academy Fellowship following the Council meeting in April 2014. These distinguished medical scientists join the existing Fellows of the Academy to bring the total membership to 1134.