LMB News


DNA 60th Anniversary celebrated at Cambridge

On the 25th April 1953, Francis Crick and Jim Watson published their groundbreaking paper in Nature, in which they revealed to the world the double helical structure of DNA.
Francis and Jim were working in the MRC Unit for the Study of the Molecular Structure of Biological Systems (now the LMB), housed in the Cavendish Laboratory at Cambridge University.

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Ari Helenius to deliver 2013 Max Perutz lecture

This year’s Max Perutz lecture on “Five ways for viruses to enter the animal cell” will be given by Ari Helenius. The lecture takes place on 30 April at 2.30pm in the Max Perutz Lecture Theatre at the LMB and is open to all interested in attending.
Since 1997 Ari Helenius has been Full Professor of Biochemistry in the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich where he heads several interdisciplinary projects in the field of protein folding and virus-cell interaction.

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World premiere for music inspired by human genomes

The world premiere of a piece of music inspired by human genetic variation will be the centrepiece of the 3rd biennial Royal Greenwich String Quartet Festival on Saturday 13 April. Produced by award-winning composer Deirdre Gribbin, during her period as Leverhulme Artist in Residence at the LMB, it is also the subject of discussion on Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour on 11 April, 10am, and a BBC World Service interview.

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Busy year of public engagement starts with Big Bang

The LMB is presenting a wide range of public engagement events and activities throughout 2013 to celebrate the move to its new building and the MRC Centenary.
Over a dozen scientists and staff from the LMB volunteered to take part in the first two days of the Big Bang show at ExCeL London (14-15 March). The event attracted tens of thousands of schoolchildren and teachers – many of whom visited the LMB’s special Virus Wars exhibit.

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Greg Winter receives Canada Gairdner International Award

Sir Gregory Winter, from the LMB’s PNAC Division and a former Deputy Director of the LMB, has been awarded a 2013 Canada Gairdner International Award – one of the world’s most important medical research prizes.
Greg won the Award: “For the engineering of humanized monoclonal antibodies and their widespread use in medical therapy, particularly for treatment of cancer and immune disorders”. The Awards also recognize scientists whose work holds important potential.

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LMB Scientists Honoured by the UK’s Biochemical Society

LMB scientists, M. Madan Babu, Harvey McMahon, Melina Schuh and John Burke, have all been honoured with awards from the Biochemical Society, the UK’s largest discipline based learned society in the biosciences.
M. Madan Babu
Madan, a group leader in the LMB’s Structural Studies Division, has been awarded the prestigious 2014 Colworth Medal. The medal is awarded annually to a biochemist under the age of 35 for outstanding research achievement.

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A new home and a new era for the LMB

The LMB’s move to its new flagship building was officially completed on 11th March, giving the LMB the space and facilities it needs to maintain its reputation as one of the world’s greatest research institutes.
The move marks the end of over 12 months of logistical planning and preparation by the appointed consultants MovePlan.

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MRC Millennium medal recognises LMB’s exceptional research

Sir Gregory Winter (Master of Trinity College, University of Cambridge and the former Deputy Director of the LMB) was one of the two outstanding Medical Research Council (MRC) research scientists to be awarded the prestigious MRC Millennium medal. The medals were awarded at a ceremony at the House of Commons on 27 February, which was hosted by Rt Hon Dr Vince Cable MP, Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills.

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The story of monoclonal antibodies – online

A new online exhibition, sponsored by the MRC as part of its centenary, explores where monoclonal antibodies came from and how they began to be applied to improve our understanding of disease and to advance treatment.

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Celebrating ‘100 years of life-changing discoveries’

As one of the Medical Research Council’s major research institutes, the LMB will be playing a key role in helping to celebrate the MRC’s Centenary this year.
The year-long MRC Centenary programme taking place across the UK and in Africa, will provide events and online activities for people of all ages and all levels of scientific knowledge.

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