LMB News


LMB cycles to first place in September Challenge

LMB cyclists have ridden to the top of the leader board in this year’s Cycle September Challenge, a fun, free National competition, organised by Love to Ride, to see which workplaces can get the most people riding.
During the month-long challenge, 179 members of the LMB collectively cycled on 3,677 occasions covering a distance of 19,643 miles.

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Macmillan coffee morning at LMB raises £375

Assorted cakes

The LMB’s HR team, supported by colleagues at the LMB, once again took part in the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support. For the third year in a row, the LMB showcased their baking skills and donated a generous amount of sweet and savoury snacks for everyone to enjoy. This year there was a wide range of treats available, from stollen to orange and poppy seed cake, both of which sold out very quickly.

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Richard Henderson wins 2017 Nobel Prize for Chemistry

Richard Henderson

Richard Henderson from the LMB’s Structural Studies Division has been awarded the 2017 Nobel Prize for Chemistry. Richard shares the honour jointly with Jacques Dubochet and Joachim Frank “for developing cryo-electron microscopy for the high-resolution structure determination of biomolecules in solution”.

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The UK’s dementia research landscape: LMB is a piece of the jigsaw

Dementia Research in the UK: LMB’s place in the funding landscape

A collaborative, multidisciplinary approach is also highly important within the LMB. Recently Michel Goedert worked with Sjors Scheres, from the LMB’s Structural Studies Division, to determine the atomic structures of Tau filaments. The scientists extracted the filaments from the brain of a patient who had died with Alzheimer’s disease. Using a technique called cryo-electron microscopy the scientists imaged the filaments.

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Richard Henderson and Nigel Unwin awarded Gjønnes Medal in Electron Crystallography

The International Union of Crystallography (IUCr) Gjønnes Medal in Electron Crystallography has been awarded to Richard Henderson, Group Leader in the LMB’s Structural Studies Division, and Nigel Unwin, LMB Emeritus Group Leader from the LMB’s Neurobiology Division, “for their development and powerful application of structural determination methods for biological complexes at near-atomic resolution using electron crystallography”.

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2017 Francis Crick Lecture to be given by Jack Szostak

Jack Szostak will give the 2017 Francis Crick Lecture on Thursday 7th September at 4pm in the LMB’s Max Perutz Lecture Theatre. The lecture, entitled “The Surprising Chemistry of Nonenzymatic RNA Replication”, is open to anyone in the local area who is interested in attending.
Jack is Professor of Genetics at Harvard Medical School and Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at Harvard University. He is also an Investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

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International young, budding scientists visit the LMB

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The LMB recently hosted eighteen students from the London International Youth Science Forum (LIYSF) for a morning of activities, talks and tours.

The visit began with a talk on the history, organisational structure and current research of the LMB. The students then visited the microscopy suite where they visualised various cell types using super-resolution confocal microscopes and had the opportunity to operate electron microscopes to view virus particles.

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LMB alumni return to share their career experiences

2017 Cambridge AWiSE speakers

The LMB and Cambridge AWiSE recently held their 11th annual “What Next For Your Career in Science?” event in the LMB’s Max Perutz Lecture Theatre. The three speakers, Monika Papworth, Elizabeth Fairley and Sarah Cumbers, were all LMB alumni, who since leaving the LMB have gone on to be successful in diverse areas.  All of them spoke about how they have built on the scientific training they received at the LMB to pursue their careers outside academia.

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Artistic flair on show at the LMB

LMB Art Show 2017 David Street

LMB staff shared their artistic flair during the annual LMB Art Show, with exhibits including hand-made jewellery, paintings, photographs, cross stitch and crafts on display in the LMB atrium for all to see and enjoy for two weeks in July.
A wide range of creativity was on show from the 22 exhibitors who took part in this year’s event: paintings included acrylic and water colour, whilst arts and crafts included pottery, models, furniture, metalworking tools and musical instruments.

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LMB welcomes over 2000 visitors to a fun-packed Open Day

LMB Open Day

On Saturday 17th June the LMB held a spectacular Open Day as part of the MRC Festival of Medical Research, welcoming over 2000 visitors to the Lab. Over 300 LMB scientists and support staff gave up their time to offer visitors an exciting day of family-friendly hands-on activities, tours of the laboratories and facilities, and talks about the LMB’s ground-breaking research.
The LMB atrium was buzzing with excitement as children took part in an amazing range of interactive activities.

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