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Jan Löwe announced as the new LMB Director

Jan Löwe has been announced as the new Director of the LMB.   He is currently the Joint Head of the LMB’s Structural Studies Division and Deputy Director of the Lab.
Jan joined the LMB in 1996, as an EMBO Long-Term Fellow and became a Group Leader in 1998.  His group focuses on the structure and function of key proteins in the cytoskeleton of bacteria and archaea, using tools of modern cell and structural biology.

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Committee on Exiting the EU visits the LMB

Committee on Exiting the EU standing with Hugh Pelham and Venki Ramakrishnan in front of the LMB timeline

Members of the Committee on Exiting the EU visited the LMB to hold a roundtable discussion with local representatives from science, research, health, pharmaceuticals and technology sectors, after a public session held at the Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute. The roundtable was followed by a tour of the LMB for the Committee members, led by Hugh Pelham and Venki Ramakrishnan.

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Madan Babu and John Briggs honoured by the Blavatnik Awards

M madan babu and John briggs

Two LMB group leaders, both from the Structural Studies Division, are honoured by the inaugural Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists in the UK. M. Madan Babu is the winner in the Life Sciences category, while John Briggs is one of the two finalists in the same category.
The Blavatnik Awards at The New York Academy of Sciences honour outstanding young scientists under the age of 42.

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John Kendrew Lecture to be given by Xiaowei Zhuang

Xiaowei Zhuang will give the 2017 John Kendrew Lecture on Monday 15th January 2018 at 4.00pm in the LMB’s Max Perutz Lecture Theatre. The title of the lecture is ‘Illuminating biology at the nanoscale and systems scale by imaging’. The event is open to anyone in the local area who is interested in attending.
Research in Xiaowei’s laboratory is aimed at developing advanced imaging methods and applying them to problems of biomedical interest.

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Success for the LMB at the MRC CEO Awards

Kristin and Denise at the MRC CEO Awards

Three members of the LMB have been recognised for their contributions to the MRC at the annual MRC CEO Awards. Kristin Webster and Denise Walker received the prize for Public Engagement, whilst Arwen Tapping was runner-up for the Rising Star award.
Launched in 2012, the MRC CEO Award scheme recognises contributions from employees for outstanding effort and commitment to both their work and the MRC.

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LMB raises over £1200 for the Papworth Hospital Charity

Over £1200 has been raised by LMB staff for the Papworth Hospital Charity at the annual charity Christmas raffle. The Papworth Hospital Charity was chosen due to the excellent healthcare that Papworth and its staff have provided to many members of the LMB. In addition, Papworth Hospital will be relocating to a brand new building on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus in the coming year and will become neighbours of the LMB.

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LMB bake sale raises funds for ACT Breast Cancer Appeal

ACT cake sale

A team of 14 LMB volunteers have raised over £350 for the Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust (ACT) Breast Cancer Appeal. The team baked a delicious and tempting variety of cakes and cookies, which were sold to LMB staff and students on their way to the LMB restaurant for their morning break.
Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer in the UK: one person is diagnosed with breast cancer every 10 minutes.

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New body clock display at the Science Museum

Circadian rhythms display in the Science Museum’s Who Am I? exhibition

John O’Neill, group leader in the LMB’s Cell Biology Division, has helped develop a new display about body clocks for the London Science Museum’s Who Am I? exhibition.
Launched on the 10th October 2017, and featuring until Spring 2018, the body clock display is the latest component of the Who Am I? exhibition. The display explores how light is crucial to regulating our body clocks (also known as our circadian rhythm) and what happens when this signal is disrupted.

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LMB raises over £1500 for The Movember Foundation

LMB Moustache Team organisers

During the month of November, a team of twelve scientists and staff at the LMB came together to raise awareness and money for the men’s health charity, The Movember Foundation. The team grew moustaches, held a prize draw for a giant moustache cake and sold stick-on moustaches which were donned by LMB staff in a finale event on Thursday 30th November.
The team exceeded their £1000 target, and have raised over £1500.

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John Finch (1930 – 2017)

John retired from research in 1995, but stayed on at the LMB as a ‘retired worker’.  In 1997, at the request of Richard Henderson, who had recently taken on the role of LMB Director, John began work on writing a book about the history of the LMB.  Richard’s initial idea was for the book to follow what happened to the people and groups who made up the intake into the LMB when it was opened in 1962: a ‘family history’ of the laboratory.

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