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2016 Francis Crick Lecture to be given by Adrian Bird

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Adrian Bird will give the 2016 Francis Crick Lecture on Tuesday 16th February 2016 at 11.30am in the Max Perutz Lecture Theatre at the LMB. The lecture, entitled “DNA Sequence and the Epigenome Entwined” is open to anyone in the local area who is interested in attending.
Adrian is Buchanan Professor of Genetics at the University of Edinburgh. His group’s research focuses on the basic biology and biomedical significance of DNA methylation.

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LMB raises over £1300 for Cancer Research UK

LMB give cheque to Cancer research UK

The LMB’s annual charity Christmas raffle took place in December 2015. Staff at the LMB raised a total of £1372.85 for Cancer Research UK. This year’s charity was chosen in memory of their late colleague, Neil Marshall, who sadly lost his fight with cancer earlier in 2015.
Cancer Research UK is a charity dedicated to beating all types of cancer by funding research into the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of the disease.

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LMB receive highly commended prize at Understanding Animal Research Openness Awards

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As well as being on permanent display at the LMB, the posters have been displayed at the recent Laboratory Animal Science Association (LASA) meeting in Brighton, and will be on display at industry events in 2016. The posters are just one of a number of initiatives from the LMB Biological Services Group to help researchers, staff and the public understand the role and use of animals in science.

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2015 Milstein Lecture to be given by Lewis Cantley

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Dr Lewis Cantley will give the 2015 Milstein Lecture on Monday 14th December 2015 at 4.15pm in the LMB’s Max Perutz Lecture Theatre. The lecture, entitled “Phosphoinositide 3-Kinase and Cancer Metabolism” is open to anyone in the local area who is interested in attending.
Lewis is currently Director at the Meyer Cancer Center, Weill Cornell Medicine and New York Presbyterian Hospital, New York.

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LMB staff success in MRC CEO Awards

Xiaochen Bai Receiving Award

Xiaochen Bai from the LMB’s Structural Studies Division has won the 2015 MRC CEO Team Player Award, with Mark Wing and Jason Fox, both from the LMB’s PNAC Division, being runners up in the Rising Star and Team Player categories, respectively.
The MRC CEO Award Scheme recognises contributions from employees for outstanding effort and commitment to both their work and the MRC.  For the fourth year running, a fantastic number of nominations were received from across the organisation.

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“Gifted and Talented” sixth-formers visit LMB for degree-level practicals

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26 AS-level students on an intensive week of “Biology and Genetics for Gifted and Talented students” recently visited the LMB for a day of practical work. The residential course was run at Villiers Park Educational Trust, Foxton, Cambridgeshire and the students were nominated from schools all over the UK.
The aim of the week was to inspire these young people with a real passion for biological science, to help ensure a further generation of scientists.

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DNA sculpture from CRUK Art Trail finds home in Francis Crick’s former Laboratory

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During the summer of 2015 Cancer Research UK launched a DNA inspired art trail across London with a series of 21 DNA double helix sculptures. They invited some of the biggest names in the world of art and design to create unique pieces by asking them ‘what’s in your DNA?’ One of these designs, ‘What Mad Pursuit’ by Kindra Crick, has now found a permanent home in the LMB, where co-discoverer of the DNA double helix, Francis Crick, undertook his work on genetics from 1949 to 1976.

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The Worm Wide Web – Max Perutz Science Writing Award

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An article written by Barry Bentley, a PhD student in the LMB’s Neurobiology Division, telling the story of how the tiny nematode worm continues to make a big impact on medical research, has been awarded a commendation prize in the Max Perutz Science Writing Award 2015.
Barry’s article, ‘The Worm Wide Web: mapping the networks of the brain’, was one of three to receive commendation prizes.

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LMB supports county-wide STOP Suicide campaign

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The LMB has strengthened its commitment to supporting the mental wellbeing of its staff and students by signing the STOP Suicide Organisational Pledge. The LMB Director, Hugh Pelham, signed the Pledge on the LMB’s behalf and commented: “People at the LMB are not immune to stress and I am happy to sign the Pledge for all of the LMB.”
The STOP Suicide campaign is led by Mind In Cambridgeshire, Peterborough & Fenland Mind and Lifecraft, supported by local NHS and Public Health teams.

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LMB HR raise £194 at Macmillan Coffee Morning

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The HR team at the LMB had to hone their baking skills in preparation for the Macmillan Cancer Support World’s Biggest Coffee Morning, on Friday 25th September. The bakers produced a spectacular array of cakes ranging from cookies and cupcakes to bread pudding and a Macmillan themed carrot cake.
The money raised for Macmillan Cancer Support will go towards making sure no one faces cancer alone.

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