On 30 June, 2016, members of the MRC MBU participated in the Big Bang Fair Eastern, held at Newmarket Racecourse.
This annual event is for secondary school students aged 11-18 years and aims to inspire future scientists.
We took our movies, sequencing puzzles and computer games and used them to explain mitochondrial disorders and how they cause mitochondrial diseases.
We welcomed young visitors and tutors throughout the event and we thoroughly enjoyed discussing our science with future scientists.
On Tuesday, 28 June 2016, members of the MRC MBU participated in 'Opportunities Ahead' - a careers fair for Cambridge school students. Through the use of videos, computer games and sequencing puzzles, our young visitors were given explanations of mitochondrial disorders and how they cause mitochondrial diseases. For further details about the event, along with links to the organisers, see: Opportunities Ahead.
We welcome Dr Julien Prudent, who joins the MBU today as the leader of a new research group working on Mitochondrial Physiology.
Dr Prudent's research here will focus on the investigation of the function of the ER/mitochondria contact sites in cell physiology and disease.
Dr Prudent is originally from Lyon, France and joins us from McGill University, Canada.
We wish Dr Prudent every success with his research programme.
Congratulations to Richard Henderson, of the MRC LMB, who has been awarded the Royal Society's prestigious Copley Medal.
MitoMiner is a scientific database of mammalian mitochondrial localisation evidence, phenotypes and diseases.
Version 4 of the database is now ‘gene centric’ making it much easier to search. This release also includes new phenotype and interaction data types.
More information can be found on the MitoMiner website.
The Keilin Memorial Lecture in 2016 was delivered by Mike Murphy at The Biochemical Society's 79th Harden Conference, 'Oxygen Evolution and Reduction - Common Principles'.
The Conference was held at Grauer Bär, Innsbruck, Austria from 16—20 April 2016, where Mike was presented with the Keilin Medal and a prize of £2000.