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Careers Day at The University Technical College, Cambridge

There is a bewildering array of career choices available to young people. To broaden college students’ perspectives on job types in STEM industries, the MRC MBU participated in an IT careers event for students in Years 11-13 at University Technical College (UTC Cambridge).

Professor Gottfried Schatz

It is with great sadness that I have to let you know that the eminent mitochondrial biochemist Jeff (Gottfried) Schatz passed away on 1 October, 2015. We had invited him to deliver the third annual Sir John Walker lecture here in Cambridge on 28 September. Unfortunately, he was unable to make it due to ill health.  His scientific work was focussed on mitochondria and among his many achievements he was one of the discoverers of mtDNA and a pioneer in investigating mitochondrial protein import.

Third Annual Sir John Walker Lecture

On 28 September 2015 Professor Stephen O'Rahilly delivered an inspiring 3rd Annual Sir John Walker Lecture, "Human Obesity: Causes and Consequences".

This was an extremely successful event and Professor O'Rahilly has very kindly allowed us to share his presentation on our website.

Professor Patrick Chinnery to join the University of Cambridge

In October 2015, Professor Patrick Chinnery will join the University of Cambridge as Professor of Neurology and Head of the Department of Neurosciences.

Professor Chinnery will be bringing his research group with him from Newcastle University, where he is currently Professor of Neurogenetics.

His principal research interest is in understanding the role of mitochondria in human disease, and developing new treatments for mitochondrial disorders and he is a major collaborator with the MRC MBU.

The Fox Got You

The Fox Got You is an art and science project celebrating six common plants which are at the origin of five major medicinal drugs.

Scientists at the MBU collaborated with the photographic artist, Francoise Sergy, whose exhibition was shown at the Oxford Botanic Garden during the summer of 2015.

At a public event on Saturday, 11 July, visitors met the artist and the scientists, clinicians and patients involved in the project, who talked about their work and experiences. 

MRC MBU at the Big Bang Fair Eastern

On 1 July, 2015, members of the MRC MBU participated in the Big Bang Fair Eastern, held at Newmarket Racecourse. 

This event is for secondary school students aged 11-18 years and aims to inspire future scientists.

We took our posters, movies and computer games and used them to explain mitochondrial disorders and how they cause mitochondrial diseases. 

We had a steady stream of young visitors and tutors throughout the event and we thoroughly enjoyed discussing our science with them.

Visit to the Perse School

On 30 June 2015, two of our PhD students visited the Perse School in Cambridge to participate in the School's weekly STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) discussions.

Our students gave a presentation and took questions from their audience - sixth formers looking to start university applications during the next few months, and their tutors.

Open Day 2015

On Wednesday, 24 June 2015, the MRC MBU opened its doors to the public for its annual Open Day.

During the course of the day we welcomed approximately 50 visitors, including three scientists and four tutors who accompanied students from three local schools/colleges.

Tours were scheduled every two hours and included:


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