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University transfer - one year on!

1 March 2018 marks the first anniversary of the MRC MBU's transfer into the University of Cambridge, as a University Unit department within the School of Clinical Medicine.

To mark this event, we are sharing with you our scientific animations of mitochondria.

Vamsi K Mootha MD delivers the 6th Annual Sir John Walker Lecture

The 6th Annual Sir John Walker Lecture, 'Genomics approaches to mitochondrial physiology and disease', was delivered on Thursday, 22 February 2018, by Vamsi Mootha, MD.

Dr Mootha is an Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and a Professor of Systems Biology and of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. His laboratory is based in the Department of Molecular Biology at Massachusetts General Hospital and the Broad Institute, where he leads a research team dedicated to mitochondrial biology.

Science Week at St Mary's Primary School, Hackney

On Friday, 26 January 2018, members of the MBU visited St Mary's Church of England Primary School in Hackney, to showcase the Unit's science using Lego models, games, and three different experiments using leaves and flies.

The event was run as a carousel during timed sessions, with John Walker introducing each session and engaging in well-informed discussions with our very young hosts.

How incurable mitochondrial diseases strike previously unaffected families

Researchers have shown for the first time how children can inherit a severe – potentially fatal – mitochondrial disease from a healthy mother.

The study, led by researchers from the MRC Mitochondrial Biology Unit at the University of Cambridge, reveals that healthy people harbour mutations in their mitochondrial DNA and explains how cases of severe mitochondrial disease can appear unexpectedly in previously unaffected families.

 

 

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.

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