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Graeme Mitchison (1944-2018)

Graeme Mitchison, a scientist with exceptionally wide-ranging interests and a very sharp and logical mind, died on 13 April.  He had a long association with the LMB, going back to the late 1960s, and worked as that rare individual, a true theoretical biologist, in a number of scientific areas.
Graeme joined the LMB’s Cell Biology Division in 1969, following his PhD in pure mathematics.

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Sjors Scheres is awarded the Bijvoet Medal

Sjors Scheres, Group Leader in the LMB’s Structural Studies Division, has been awarded the Bijvoet Medal for his outstanding contribution to furthering the field of structural biology. Sjors is the youngest ever recipient of the Medal since its inception in 1989, and is the first recipient who was trained at the Bijvoet Centre – the institute at which Sjors completed his PhD.

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John Kendrew Lecture to be given by Jacques Dubochet

Jacques Dubochet

Jacques Dubochet will give the 2018 John Kendrew Lecture on Thursday 26th April at 4.00pm in the LMB’s Max Perutz Lecture Theatre.  The title of the lecture is ‘Electron cryo-microscopy: 45 years of science and society’.  The event is open to anyone in the local area who is interested in attending.
Since the late 1960’s, Jacques interest has been in the electron microscopy (EM) study of DNA, and the development of EM techniques.

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From Backbench to Lab Bench: LMB welcomes visitors from Westminster

Daniel Zeichner MP for Cambridge, and Nancy Bailey and Rebecca Nohl from the Government Office for Science, swapped policy and debate for lab coats and experiments during a visit to the LMB as part of the Royal Society Parliament Pairing Scheme.
The scheme gives policymakers and research scientists an opportunity to experience each other’s worlds, fostering exchange of knowledge and understanding of politics, policy and science.

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Ana Casañal awarded Biochemical Society Early Career Research Award.

Ana Casañal from the LMB’s Structural Studies Division has been awarded the prestigious Biochemical Society Early Career Research Award 2019 for Genes.
The Biochemical Society exists for the advancement of the molecular and cellular biology, both as an academic discipline and to promote its significance on areas of science including biotechnology, agriculture, and medicine. It is the largest UK discipline-based learned society in the biosciences with over 6500 members.

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LMB showcases the diversity of science at the Cambridge Science Festival

STEM in Song choir singing at LMB

LMB scientists showcased their research and the excitement of science with a family-friendly hands-on activity, a fascinating talk and a music-meets-science event at the LMB – all part of the 2018 Cambridge Science Festival.
Worms are cleverer than you think
The first weekend of the Festival saw Denise Walker and her team of volunteers take the hands-on activity ‘Worms are cleverer than you think’ to the Guildhall.

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John Sulston (1942 – 2018)

John Sulston

John Sulston, Nobel Laureate and pioneering scientist on the techniques for mapping of genomes, died on Tuesday 6th March, at the age of 75, after a short illness.  He was instrumental in determining the first genome of an animal, the nematode worm, C. elegans and went on to lead the UK team of the International Human Genome Project.  He was a much admired and influential researcher at the LMB and beyond.
John was born on 27th March 1942.

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Michel Goedert is awarded The Brain Prize 2018

Michel Goedert

Michel Goedert from the LMB’s Neurobiology Division has been awarded the 2018 Brain Prize. Michel shares the award with fellow neuroscientists Bart De Strooper, Christian Haass and John Hardy “for their groundbreaking research on the genetic and molecular basis of Alzheimer’s disease”.
The research pioneered by the 2018 Brain Prize winners has revolutionised our understanding of the changes in the brain that lead to Alzheimer´s disease and related types of dementias.

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Max Perutz Lecture to be given by Erin O’Shea

Erin O’Shea

Erin O’Shea will give the 2017 Max Perutz Lecture on Wednesday 7th March 2018 at 11.00am in the Max Perutz Lecture Theatre at the LMB. The lecture entitled “On clocks and tuners: cyanobacterial strategies to thrive in a dynamic environment” is open to anyone in the local area who is interested in attending.
Erin is currently the President of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and is developing a research program at HHMI’s Janelia Research Campus.

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