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.
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”.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.