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World Mitochondrial Disease Week

This week, 13-19 September 2020 is World Mitochondrial Disease Week.

An initiative of International Mito Patients (IMP), World Mitochondrial Disease Week raises awareness of mitochondrial disease (mito) on a global scale through educational, fundraising and advocacy activities.

As we have not been able to organise any live events for this week, we have compiled a short presentation of our annual "Wear it Green" and "Bake it Green" activities held in previous years.


John Walker’s group solves the structure of the dimeric ATP synthase from bovine mitochondria at atomic resolution

Tobias Spikes, Martin Montgomery and John Walker have solved the atomic resolution structure of dimeric ATP synthase from bovine mitochondria by cryo-electron microscopy.

The ATP synthases are complex molecular machines embedded in the inner membranes of mitochondria where they produce almost all the ATP required to sustain life by a mechanical rotary action. Single ATP synthases associate into dimers and form long rows, influencing the formation of characteristic cristae which change shape constantly.

MBU volunteers involved in COVID-19 testing

Volunteers from the MBU have been involved in the collaborative COVID-19 testing operation, based at the Cambridge Testing Centre in Partnership with AstraZeneca and GSK.

Charis Goodyear has been talking to volunteers from across the Biomedical Campus, who joined the testing team when they were not able to carry out their usual roles due to building closures.

MRC Cambridge Activity Book

UKRI Medical Research Council (MRC) scientists in Cambridge are studying all the different ways that medical science can help protect our health and improve our lives. This activity book is for people of all ages to explore the variety of MRC-funded work that takes place in Cambridge. Our work involves examining everything from the cells and organs in our bodies, all the way up to the places where live... and all the things in between!


The MBU and the Keith Peters Building reopened for research today (Monday, 15 June), with those researchers present following strict University-approved protocols to protect both them and the wider community during the COVID-19 crisis. While everyone will continue to work from home whenever possible, we are delighted at the opportunity to restart our experimental work!

The building remains closed to visitors. As usual, MBU scientists and administrative staff can be contacted by email as follows:

The MBU welcomes Dr Jelle van den Ameele

The MBU is delighted to welcome Dr Jelle van den Ameele - a new Wellcome Clinical Research Career Development Fellow, who will start to build his independent research group under our roof.

Jelle’s Research is focused on molecular mechanisms of tissue specificity in mitochondrial disease. He brings both clinical and scientific expertise, and enthusiasm that will complement our existing activities and interests. We look forward to working with him.


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