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LMB raises over £1500 for The British Heart Foundation

Hugh Pelham presents large cheque to BHF’s Nigel Cole

Over £1500 has been raised by LMB staff for The British Heart Foundation (BHF) at the annual charity Christmas raffle. The BHF was chosen in memory of Linda Burr, a member of the Biological Services Group, who tragically died earlier in 2016.
The BHF was founded in 1961 to fund extra research into the causes, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of heart and circulatory disease.

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Community apple tree project at the LMB

Apples

The LMB has recently joined an innovative apple tree project with the planting of 12 apple trees around the LMB building. The project, called the Cambridge Community Collection, aims to plant apple trees of every variety from within the UK in a range of locations south of Cambridge City centre.
The project is the idea of artist Neville Gabie, who was appointed by Cambridge City Council in December 2012 to develop a project around routes and connectivity for the South Cambridge area.

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Cambridge Fire and Rescue Service run training exercise at LMB

Fire training exercise

The LMB and Cambridge Fire and Rescue Service recently held a joint training exercise, involving six teams from across the region, a silver command unit and a HMEPO (Hazardous Materials and Environmental Protection Officer).
The collaboration was initiated after members of the local Fire Authority visited the LMB on a routine visit. They were hugely impressed with the building, and its potential to be used in training exercises.

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UTCC students have hands-on EM experience at the LMB

MRC LMB UTC EM Demo1

The LMB has continued its collaboration with the University Technical College Cambridge (UTCC), with students visiting as part of their microscopy challenge project. 16 A-Level students, who study microscopy as part of their biology course, spent an afternoon at the LMB, broadening their knowledge of electron microscopes (EM). After a fascinating introduction by the EM team, the students were able to operate the smaller EMs to view negatively stained adenovirus particles.

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Double success for LMB at MRC CEO Awards

Two members of the LMB are celebrating after winning MRC CEO awards. Richard Pannell from the PNAC Division won the 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award, while Nicola Smyllie from the Neurobiology Division collected the 2016 Public Engagement Award.
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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Greg Winter receives Prince Mahidol Award

Greg Winter, an Emeritus Group Leader in the LMB’s PNAC Division and formerly Deputy Director of the LMB, has been awarded the 2016 Prince Mahidol Award for, “outstanding performance and research in the field of medicine for the benefit of mankind”.
Greg won the award for his development of humanised therapeutic antibodies.

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LMB welcomes Emmanuel Derivery as new Group Leader

Emmanuel derivery

The LMB is delighted to announce the arrival of Emmanuel Derivery to the LMB’s Cell Biology Division, where he will be working on asymmetric cell division. In asymmetric cell division the mother cell divides, distributing its cellular contents unequally between the two daughter cells, thereby allowing them to adopt different cell fates.

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Mighty Molecular Motors at the Big Biology Day

Making model dynein

Hundreds of visitors recently discovered how tiny machines organise the insides of our cells at the LMB ‘Mighty Molecular Motors’ exhibit during the Big Biology Day at Hills Road Sixth Form College, Cambridge.
The exhibit was created by Andrew Carter’s group in the LMB’s Structural Studies Division. They are investigating the structure and mechanism of the large molecular motor, dynein, which helps to move and organise the contents of cells.

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LMB rides to victory in National Cycle Challenge

lmb cycle challenge winners 2016

The LMB has continued its winning cycling record by taking first place in its category in the Love to Ride Cambridgeshire event – part of the National Cycle Challenge. LMB were winners of the 200-499 staff category with 49,224 points, with 22% of staff competing. The National Cycle Challenge is a fun, free competition that encourages work colleagues to experience first hand the benefits of riding a bike – for commuting, to get fit and for leisure.

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