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LMB spin-out, Heptares Therapeutics, acquired by Sosei Group

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Leading Japanese biopharmaceutical company, Sosei Group Corporation, has acquired the UK-based biotechnology company, Heptares Therapeutics Limited, to create a leading global biopharmaceutical company with a major drug discovery and development hub in the UK.
Heptares was co-founded in 2007 by Richard Henderson and Chris Tate, LMB group leaders in the Structural Studies Division. It was set up to exploit their pioneering technology to stabilise G-protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs).

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Cyrus Chothia, bioinformatics pioneer, honoured with two prestigious international awards

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Emeritus group leader Cyrus Chothia, from the LMB’s Structural Studies Division, has been honoured with two awards for his ground-breaking work in the use of computational methods to study the structure and function of proteins, and the evolution of genomes, which led to the birth of Structural Bioinformatics and Computational Genomics.

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Brad Amos and John White win ABRF Biomolecular Technologies Award

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The 2015 Association of Biomolecular Resource Facilities (ABRF) Award for Annual Outstanding Contributions to Biomolecular Technologies has been awarded to Brad Amos and John White for the development of the laser-scanning confocal microscope.
Brad and John were members of the LMB when they developed and patented the first high-resolution, laser scanning confocal microscope for biological use in 1987.

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LMB science portrayed in art: ‘Lens on Life’ exhibition in London

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Works of art that resulted from unique collaborations between artists and scientists, including LMB group leader Melina Schuh, are currently being displayed in London’s Lethaby Gallery in the exhibition ‘Lens on Life’. This high profile exhibition explores cell division through works of art, with the aim of providing a new perspective on the processes of mitosis and meiosis.
The exhibition also features the documentary ‘Meeting of Minds’.

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Melina Schuh awarded the EMBL Alumni John Kendrew Award 2015

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Melina Schuh, from the LMB’s Cell Biology Division, has been awarded the EMBL Alumni John Kendrew Young Scientist Award for 2015. The award recognises excellence in science and/or science communication by any pre- or post-doctoral alumni of EMBL, up to 7 years after they have left EMBL. Melina was a PhD student in the EMBL Genome Biology Unit before joining the LMB in 2008, becoming a group leader in 2010. She is the first LMB recipient of this award.

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Michel Goedert awarded the 2014 European Grand Prix for Research

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Michel Goedert, Joint Head of the LMB’s Neurobiology Division, has been awarded the European Grand Prix for Research by the Foundation for Research on Alzheimer’s disease based in Paris. Michel has been awarded the Prize for “his major work on the importance of the tau pathway in the genesis of Alzheimer’s disease” and for “the high level of his references and for their citations, as well as for his international reputation in the field”.

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LMB raises over £1,200 for “Mind in Cambridgeshire”

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Staff at the LMB have raised over £1,200 from their annual charity fundraiser for Mind in Cambridgeshire, a dynamic, county-wide charity that supports local people in their recovery from mental health issues, promoting wellbeing and campaigning against stigma and discrimination. This cause was chosen to complement the work being done by the LMB’s Mental Health First Aiders.
As part of the event two staff from the Charity visited the LMB to promote their “STOP Suicide” campaign.

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2014 Max Perutz lecture to be given by Gary Ruvkun

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Gary Ruvkun will give the 2014 Max Perutz Lecture on Friday 5th December at 4.15pm in the Max Perutz Lecture Theatre at the LMB. The lecture, entitled “C. elegans surveillance of conserved cellular components to detect and defend pathogen attacks, real or imagined” is open to all interested in attending.
Gary Ruvkun is Professor of Genetics at Harvard Medical School.

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Lori Passmore receives EMBO Young Investigator Programme Award

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LMB group leader, Lori Passmore, has been elected into the 2014 EMBO Young Investigator Programme. This prestigious programme recognises some of Europe’s best young scientists and provides academic, practical and financial support to help them realise their potential as world-class researchers.
This year 27 Young Investigators have been elected. Lori joins a vibrant and broad network of over 340 Young Investigators from all over Europe.

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Awards for “Imagining the Brain” art winners

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Winning students in the LMB’s “Imagining the Brain” competition recently attended an awards ceremony at an exhibition of their work at the LMB. The art-science competition is an LMB outreach project for Cambridgeshire students that aims to inspire young artists to think about and communicate science, and this year nearly 70 entries were received.
The artists had a choice of four topics to research and illustrate: the teenage brain, neurotechnology, food for thought and memory.

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