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The Medical Research Council celebrates its Centenary in 2013 and, to mark the exact Centenary, many of its research institutes, units and centres will be opening their doors to the public.
On Thursday, 20 June the MRC Mitochondrial Biology Unit invites members of the public to visit the Unit for a series of short presentations about how we get energy out of food. Visitors are advised that these presentations are not suitable for children under the age of 8 years.
After fifteen years as Director of this Unit, John Walker has stepped down from this role. Known originally as the MRC Dunn Human Nutrition Unit, it was renamed the MRC Mitochondrial Biology Unit in 2009. John will continue to pursue his research interests at the MBU.
At its Anniversary Day (30 November 2012), The Royal Society of London, this country's Academy of Sciences, celebrated the award of its premier distinction, the 2012 Copley Medal, to Sir John Walker for his contributions towards understanding how energy is produced in biology. The Copley Medal, first given in 1731 is the world's oldest award for scientific achievement, predating the Nobel Prize by 170 years. Previous winners include Captain James Cook, Louis Pasteur, Charles Darwin, Albert Einstein, Francis Crick and Stephen Hawking.
I am delighted to announce that Judy Hirst has been awarded the 2012 Norman Heatley Award by the Royal Society of Chemistry.
The Norman Heatley Award is to recognise and promote the importance of inter- and multi-disciplinary research between chemistry and the life sciences through independent work.
During World War II, Norman Heatley was a member of the team of scientists at Oxford University led by Howard Florey and Ernst Chain who isolated penicillin, determined its chemical structures and demonstrated its clinical use for combatting bacterial infections.
On 10 January 2012, John Walker delivered the 2012 Keilin Memorial Lecture of The Biochemical Society at the Society’s annual symposium in Cambridge, UK. He also received the 2012 Keilin Medal.
The Biochemical Society has announced that the 2011 Keilin Memorial Lecture will be given by John Walker. He will receive the Keilin Medal and a prize of £2000.
The Keilin Memorial Lecture was instituted in 1964 to commemorate the late David Keilin, a Cambridge biochemist, who made outstanding contributions to research on cytochromes. It is given every two years by a scientist who has contributed to scientific knowledge in a field related to Keilin's interests.
John Walker delivered The Royal Society’s UK-Canada Ernest Rutherford Lecture in Ottawa at the Royal Society of Canada on 21 October 2010, as part of the 350th anniversary of The Royal Society, to mark the many important contributions from British scientists.
John Walker has received the Ahmed Zewail Gold Medal from Wayne State University, Detroit, USA. Previous recipients are Roger Kornberg and John Meurig Thomas.
Bioenergetic cost of making an adenosine triphosphate molecule in animal mitochondria Ian N. Watt, Martin G. Montgomery, Michael J. Runswick, Andrew G. W. Leslie & John E. Walker Article: http://www.pnas.org/content/107/39/16823
The structures of the membrane domain of respiratory complex I from Escherichia coli, and of the entire complex I from Thermus thermophilus have been determined. Complex I is the first enzyme of the respiratory chain, and the last component of the respiratory chain for which the mechanism and complete structure were unknown. The structures provide strong clues about coupling mechanism: conformational changes at the interface of the two main domains may drive a long α-helix in a piston-like motion, tilting nearby transmembrane helices and resulting in proton translocation.