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University of Helsinki - Silver Medal for John Walker

On 7 May 2019, Nobel Laureate Professor Sir John Walker FRS, FMedSci was presented with the University of Helsinki Silver Medal, the University's highest award, in recognition of his contributions to bioenergetics and structural biology and for advising the University's Institute of Biotechnology, as a member of its Advisory Board for nearly twenty years from 1999 to 2018.

The Keith Peters Building

On Thursday, 4 April, Professor Sir Keith Peters unveiled a plaque in reception to mark the formal re-naming of the Wellcome Trust/MRC Building as The Keith Peters Building. We share this building with the Cambridge Institute of Medical Research (CIMR). Further information about the renaming event is available via CIMR's website.

Celebrating 10 years of the MRC MBU

Today, 1 April 2019, marks the tenth anniversary of the MRC Mitochondrial Biology Unit and the appointment of Professor Judy Hirst, FRS, as Interim Director.

Following a Strategic Review in 2008, the MBU was launched in 2009 by Professor Leszek Borysiewicz, who was then the Chief Executive of the Medical Research Council and later the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge.

Massimo Zeviani announces move to Padova

Massimo Zeviani has announced that he will leave the MBU at the end of September 2019. From 1 October, Massimo will take up a Professorship at the University of Padova in Italy, his alma mater.

With effect from 1 April 2019, Judy Hirst has been appointed as Interim Director of the MBU and she will steer the Unit forwards, until the appointment of our next Director.

Under Massimo’s directorship the Unit has formed strong links between basic science and clinical medicine, and we wish him all the very best for the future.


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