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Schrödinger at 75 - The Future of Biology - September 2018

In 1943, Erwin Schrödinger gave three public lectures entitled ‘What is Life?' at Trinity College Dublin.

Following their publication, these lectures had a tremendous influence on the development of molecular biology.

The 75th anniversary of these lectures will be celebrated with an unprecedented gathering of some of the most brilliant minds working in biology today, including six Nobel Laureates.

Mike Murphy is a member of the organising committee for this event, which will take place at Trinity College, Dublin on 5 and 6 September 2018.

MBU members visit St Ivo Science Conference

On Thursday, 7 December 2017 two members of the MRC MBU visited the St Ivo Science Conference, where students presented recent scientific research on topics that they had chosen themselves.

The event emulated a scientific conference. 

Just as would be required at such an event, the students displayed their posters on poster boards and stood beside them to answer any questions posed by viewers. Two students gave an excellent joint presentation to the guests (parents, judges, peers and tutors).

LHON Conference 2017

The Leber's Hereditary Optic Neuropathy (LHON) Society held its annual conference on Saturday, 23 September 2017.

Clinicians, scientists and patients met at the Moller Centre and, through a series of presentations and discussion sessions, shared views and information on:

Big Biology Day 2017

On Saturday, 14 October members of the MRC MBU participated in the Big Biology Day 2017 at Hills Road Sixth Form College.

Scientists explained the Unit's research with hands-on activities. We took our "Find My Mutant Fly" game, along with movies and posters explaining the Unit's research. We also took some fruit flies (Drosophila melanogaster) and used them to demonstrate how mutations in mitochondria might lead to neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s disease and motor neuron disease.

Mitochondrial Disease Awareness Week: 17-23 September

This week, 17-23 September 2017, is Mitochondrial Disease Awareness Week.

Around the world Global Mitochondrial Disease Awareness Week (GMDAW) will be marked with educational, fundraising and advocacy efforts designed to raise awareness about mitochondrial disease (mito).

The theme of the week is #lightupformito and further information about the global initiative can be found here: http://gmdaw.org/

The MRC MBU will be lighting up green in various ways throughout the week.

Work Experience - Summer 2017

During the summer of 2017, the MBU hosted two work experience events.

For one week in July, two Year 12 students visited individual research groups. They learnt about equipment and scientific techniques such as pipetting gels for analysis under a microscope. At the end of their visit, each student gave a short presentation about their experience.

In August, a similar programme was followed on a one-day visit by three students in Years 11 and 12.

MRC MBU Video Series: "Life at the MRC MBU"

The MBU is pleased to announce that two videos in the series, "Life at the MRC MBU" are now live on our website.

Life at the MRC MBU is aimed at an audience of potential MBU members, whether they be scientists wishing to join our research projects or support staff seeking background information on our activities.  This video showcases the many scientific and social aspects of life in the MBU "family".

Big Bangs Events - Eastern and London

The MRC MBU has participated in two Big Bang events this year.

The first was held on 28 June at Anglia Ruskin University, Chelmsford Campus. We took our "Find My Mutant Fly" game, along with movies and posters explaining the Unit's research. We also took some fruit flies (Drosophila melanogaster) and used them to demonstrate how mutations in mitochondria might lead to neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s disease and motor neuron disease.

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