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Scientific Movies for the MRC MBU

The MRC MBU is delighted to share our new series of scientific movies, which visualise our research and explain some of the mechanisms and processes that take place within our cells:

Complex I: Electron Transfer - Labelling
Complex I: Subunits
Inside the Human Cell
Fission & Fusion
Mitochondrial Dynamics
Mitochondrial Matrix: ATP

Life at the MRC MBU - Students Perspectives

The MRC MBU is pleased to announce that its first video in the series, "Life at the MRC MBU" is now live on our website.

This video, filmed and produced by Cambridge TV, is aimed at an audience of students up to the end of secondary school. It contains contributions from current MBU PhD students and postdoctoral scientists who have graduated through the University of Cambridge, having carried out their graduate research in the Unit.

Mike Murphy talks to The Royal Society about the chemical biology of mitochondria

Mike Murphy, Group Leader/PI of the MRC MBU, organised a Royal Society scientific discussion meeting entitled 'Chemical biology approaches to assessing and modulating mitochondria', bringing together biologists, chemists and clinicians to discuss recent developments in the field.

Select talks were subsequently published in an issue of Interface Focus as a record of work to date and as a stimulus to future work. The Royal Society spoke to Mike about his work, the meeting and how the field could progress.

Medical Research Council Mitochondrial Biology Unit Transfers into the University of Cambridge

The Medical Research Council (MRC) and the University of Cambridge are delighted to announce that, today, the MRC Mitochondrial Biology Unit (MRC MBU) has transferred into the University and is now a University Unit department within the School of Clinical Medicine.

The MRC MBU has retained its current research facilities in the Wellcome Trust/MRC Building on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus and its staff members are now employees of the University.

Mike Murphy and his group collaborate towards a major breakthrough in inflammation research

Mitochondria are repurposed from energy generators to drivers of inflammation.

A collaboration involving nine institutions, including the MRC MBU, has led to a report in Cell on a significant breakthrough in our understanding of inflammation, a key process in our bodies which occurs during infection and injury, but which can go awry in a range of inflammatory diseases.

The lead authors of this report are based at Trinity College Dublin.

Judy Hirst - publication in 'Nature'

In collaboration with Vinothkumar at The MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge we report the structure of respiratory complex I, one of the largest and most complicated enzymes in the mammalian cell.

Link to publication in Nature

Mike Murphy delivers The Keilin Memorial Lecture 2016

The Keilin Memorial Lecture in 2016 was delivered by Mike Murphy at The Biochemical Society's 79th Harden Conference, 'Oxygen Evolution and Reduction - Common Principles'.

The Conference was held at Grauer Bär, Innsbruck, Austria from 16—20 April 2016, where Mike was presented with the Keilin Medal and a prize of £2000.

Professor Sir John Walker: GAPSummit 2016

Professor Sir John Walker talks at the GAPSummit 2016. During the three days of the GapSummit the Leaders of Tomorrow will learn from and challenge current leaders in the bioeconomy through a programme which is dedicated to addressing 7 gaps in biotechnology:

Research and Innovation Gap
Funding Gap
Future Health Gap
Future Resources Gap
People Gap
Bioethics Gap
Public Perception and Education Gap

http://globalbiotechrevolution.com/portfoli…/gapsummit-2016/

Mike Murphy appointed Honorary Research Professor, Otago

Congratulations to Mike Murphy (Group Leader, Mitochondrial Dysfunction), who has been appointed as an Honorary Research Professor at the University of Otago, New Zealand.

This appointment will commence on 1 June 2016, for a period of three years. Mike will be affiliated with Otago's Department of Chemistry and will make regular trips to the University during this time. Mike will continue to be based at the MBU and retains all his current responsibilities here.

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