LMB News


Virus Wars – thousands visit LMB stand at the Royal Society

Scientists from Leo James’ group, from the LMB’s PNAC Division, showed their new ‘Virus Wars’ exhibit at this year’s Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition – to help celebrate the MRC’s centenary and showcase the group’s work on virus neutralisation.
As lead scientist Will McEwan explains, “We designed our ‘Virus Wars – Antibodies Fight Back’ exhibit to explain our work on intracellular virus neutralisation in a user-friendly way.

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Take part in real research with ‘WormWatch Lab’

Anyone with an interest in science can take part in an egg-themed online video game, organised to help advance the LMB’s research into the circuitry of the brain.
The ‘WormWatch Lab’ project involves watching footage of nematode worms and spotting every time they lay an egg. The project, which is sponsored by the MRC to celebrate its Centenary, is a collaboration between the LMB’s Bill Schafer and André Brown and citizen science organisation Zooniverse.

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Hundreds of happy children become scientists for the day, as LMB opens its doors to the public.

Over 2000 visitors, including more than 600 children, took the opportunity to explore the work undertaken at the LMB, when it opened its doors to the public, on Saturday 22 June, to celebrate the opening of its new building and the centenary of the Medical Research Council (MRC).  The family-friendly event showcased our work through lectures, tours, displays and hands-on activities for all ages.

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MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology welcomes Astra Zeneca to Cambridge Biomedical Campus

Staff at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology welcomed the announcement that AstraZeneca would be their new neighbours on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus.  Sir Hugh Pelham, Director of the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, said, “The LMB is delighted that AstraZeneca has chosen to come here.  The move will build on the alliances already forged on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus and will help to inspire a new era of collaboration and innovation with industry.

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Hat trick for LMB and MRC Centre cyclists

For the third consecutive time, the LMB and MRC Centre Cambridge have won the local workplace cycle challenge, in the large company category for organisations with 500+ staff.
The Cambridgeshire Cycle Challenge, which succeeded the Cambridge Cycle Challenge, saw Cambridgeshire businesses compete against each other to see who could get the most staff to ride a bike over a three-week period.

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David Komander’s Lister Research Prize Lecture

David Komander, from the LMB’s Protein and Nucleic Acid Chemistry Division, will deliver his Lister Prize Lecture, “Specificity in the ubiquitin system”, on Friday 7th June 2013 at 4.00pm.
This prestigious award is given annually by The Lister Institute to three young researchers in the UK to support quality research in the biomedical or related biological sciences.

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Three LMB scientists elected to EMBO membership

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Three LMB scientists, Anne Bertolotti, Ramanujan Hegde and KJ Patel have been named as newly elected members to the European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO).
EMBO elects new members annually on the basis of scientific excellence and outstanding research contributions.  The newly elected members join 1500 of the best researchers from Europe and around the world.

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Day of celebration as Her Majesty The Queen opens the new LMB Building

On 23 May, the new LMB building in Cambridge was officially opened by Her Majesty The Queen.  Accompanied by His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, they arrived on the guided bus and were greeted outside by local primary school children before being welcomed inside by staff and invited guests.
As the Royal party entered the spacious central atrium they got their first glimpse of the interior of the magnificent building, which was completed to budget and only a few weeks behind schedule.

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KJ Patel elected Fellow of the UK Academy of Medical Sciences

KJ Patel, group leader in the LMB’s Protein and Nucleic Acid Chemistry Division, has been elected into the Fellowship of the UK Academy of Medical Sciences.
The Academy promotes the translation of advances in medical science into benefits for patients and the population at large.  Academy Fellows are elected based on excellence in medical research, for innovative application of scientific knowledge or for their service to healthcare.

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Michael Neuberger elected a Foreign Associate of the US National Academy of Sciences

Dr Michael Neuberger, group leader in the LMB’s Protein and Nucleic Acid Chemistry, has been elected as a Foreign Associate of the US National Academy of Sciences.
The National Academy of Sciences was created to provide independent, objective advice to the nation on matters related to science and technology. Scientists are elected by their peers as members and foreign associates in recognition of their distinguished and outstanding contributions to research.

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