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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:

Mike Murphy awarded the 2016 Keilin Memorial Medal and Lecture

The Biochemical Society has announced that the 2016 Keilin Memorial Lecture will be given by Mike Murphy.  He will receive the Keilin Medal and a prize of £2000.

The Keilin Memorial Lecture was instituted in 1964 to commemorate the late David Keilin, a Cambridge biochemist, who made outstanding contributions to research on cytochromes.  It is given every two years by a scientist who has contributed to scientific knowledge in a field related to Keilin’s interests.

Identification of a new gene causing a severe, rare human disease

International collaborative effort of fifteen clinical and/or research centres from the UK, Germany, Ireland, France, Belgium, Austria Italy, Israel and Japan led by Dr. Michal Minczuk from the MRC MBU in Cambridge and Dr. Holger Prokisch from Institute of Human Genetics, Helmholtz Centre in Munich resulted in the discovery that mutations in the GTPBP3 gene cause defects in protein synthesis in mitochondria and are associated with a devastating disease. The patients affected by this disease have deficiency in energy production and suffer from heart and neurological disease.

Mike Murphy awarded Government funding for drug development

Life-saving measures for patients have moved a step closer following the announcement of investments totalling over £30 million in emerging new treatments and technologies.

Prime Minister David Cameron confirmed today (21 November 2014) that Innovate UK and the Medical Research Council (MRC) would deliver the new money through rounds five and six of the BioMedical Catalyst (BMC), part of the Government’s Life Sciences Strategy.

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