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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.