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Director's opening remarks

Professor Borysiewicz, Professor Sissons, friends, colleagues, ladies and gentlemen, welcome to this event to mark the launch of the Medical Research Council's Unit of Mitochondrial Biology. "Launch" is an appropriate description that fits the well-known nautical associations with this building. For Borys' benefit, I should explain that the building is known locally as the "Titanic".

Cambridge Science Festival 2009

The Mitochondrial Biology Unit participates in the Cambridge Science Festival every year, and staff and students participating in the development of posters and events are very enthusiastic about it. As something new the posters this year were based on a highly visual design clearly emphasizing the importance of visuals in the research process as well as in the communication process. The posters explain how the body uses energy stored in food to produce ATP.

Metabolic Media

Loop.pH’s artworks investigate how scientific discoveries on a molecular level can be scaled up to architectural dimensions. The three dimensional model or space aids the understanding of complex form and enables a conversation about structure across different fields of art and science.

Motive Force

Marjorie Mikasen, an American artist who belongs to the “hard-edge” school of acrylic painting, attended a lecture given by John Walker in Lincoln, Nebraska and was inspired by the scientific results in ATP synthase to make the painting “Motive Force”.

Sir Leszek Borysiewicz opens MRC MBU on April 1st 2009 (no joke)

Sir Leszek Borysiewicz, FRS, Chief Executive of the Medical Research Council, opened the MRC Mitochondrial Biology Unit at a ceremony held in the Sackler Lecture Theatre in The Wellcome Trust/MRC building on April 1st 2009. After the ceremony, he and other guests visited exhibits provided by members of the Unit that explained aspects of the research activities of the Unit.

Prof. Jodi Nunnari gave the Annual Sir William Dunn Lecture

This year's Sir William Dunn Lecture was given by Prof. Jodi Nunnari of the University of California, Davis in the Max Perutz Lecture Theatre, MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology on Tuesday, 7th April 2009.

"The machines that divide and fuse mitochondria"

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