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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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Sjors Scheres elected to EMBO membership

Sjors Scheres, a Group Leader in the LMB’s Structural Studies Division, has been elected as a Member of the European Molecular Biology Organisation (EMBO).
Founded in 1964 to promote molecular biology in Europe, EMBO elects new members annually on the basis of scientific excellence and outstanding research contributions.  The organisation promotes excellence in life sciences by supporting talented researchers, and stimulating the exchange of scientific information.

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Anne Bertolotti elected Fellow of the UK Academy of Medical Sciences

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Anne Bertolotti, group leader in the LMB’s Neurobiology Division, has been elected a Fellow of the UK Academy of Medical Sciences for her contribution to understanding protein quality control systems and their therapeutic manipulations.
The Academy represents the diverse spectrum of medical sciences – from basic research through clinical application to healthcare delivery. Their mission is to promote medical science and its translation into benefits for society.

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Three LMB scientists elected Fellows of the Royal Society

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Andrew McKenzie, John Sutherland and Roger Williams, all Group Leaders in the LMB’s PNAC Division, have been elected Fellows of the Royal Society.  The Royal Society is a Fellowship of the world’s most eminent scientists and is the oldest scientific academy in continuous existence.  It seeks to promote excellence in science, electing up to 52 new Fellows and up to 10 new Foreign Members each year who have made substantial contributions to the improvement of knowledge in the sciences.

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LMB welcomes Radu Aricescu as new Group Leader

The LMB is delighted to announce the arrival of Radu Aricescu to the LMB’s Neurobiology Division, where he will be working on the structural analysis of neurotransmitter receptors, trans-synaptic protein complexes and neuronal synapses. Chemical synapses, junctions between two neurons, are of crucial importance for all aspects of brain function. Synapses modulate the architecture and strength of neuronal circuits and are fundamental to the ability of the brain to acquire and store information.

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Max Perutz Lecture to be given by Caroline Dean

Caroline Dean

Caroline Dean will give the 2016 Max Perutz Lecture on Thursday 27th April 2017 at 11.00am in the Max Perutz Lecture Theatre at the LMB. The lecture, entitled “Antisense transcription and epigenetic switching” is open to anyone in the local area who is interested in attending.
Caroline is currently Professor and Project Leader in the Cell and Developmental Biology Department at the John Innes Centre, Norwich.

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Christopher Russo awarded the Microscopy Society of America Burton Medal

Chris Russo

Chris Russo, Independent Investigator Scientist in the LMB’s Structural Studies Division, has been awarded the Microscopy Society of America Burton Medal for 2017. Established in 1975, the Burton Medal is awarded annually to a single individual under the age of forty who has made distinguished contributions to the field of microscopy and microanalysis.

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Anne Bertolotti receives GlaxoSmithKline Award from the Biochemical Society

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Anne Bertolotti, from the LMB’s Neurobiology Division, has been awarded The GlaxoSmithKline Award 2018 by the UK’s Biochemical Society.
The Biochemical Society exists to advance molecular and cellular biosciences, and with over 6000 members, is the largest discipline-based learned society in the field of life science. Each year the Biochemical Society makes a series of prestigious awards that recognise excellence and achievement in both specific and general fields of science.

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LMB scientists creating fun and fascination at the Cambridge Science Festival

Worms are cleverer than you think

LMB scientists showcased their work with two fun hands-on activities and two fascinating talks as part of the 2017 Cambridge Science Festival.
See Your Cells
The first weekend of the Festival saw Mathias Pasche and his team of volunteers present ‘See Your Cells’ at the Guildhall, where hundreds of children and adults got the opportunity to see their own cheek cells under the microscope and play the stereomicroscope detective game.

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Hundreds of children and adults enjoy the LMB’s ‘See Your Cells’ activity at the Cambridge Science Festival

Stereomicroscope Challenge

The first weekend of the 2017 Cambridge Science Festival saw over 3000 visitors attend the ‘Hands-on at the Guildhall’ event, where the LMB’s ‘See Your Cells’ activity proved hugely popular. Mathias Pasche and his team of 25 enthusiastic volunteers gave visitors the unique opportunity to see their own cells, by simply taking a cheek swab, staining the sample and viewing it down a microscope.

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