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Read more at: Alex Whitworth teaches at Drosophila training workshop in Nigeria

Alex Whitworth teaches at Drosophila training workshop in Nigeria

9 March 2020

On 2 March 2020, Alex Whitworth participated in a three-day workshop on the “Role of Drosophila in Biomedical Research”. This workshop included seminars on the use and utility of Drosophila melanogaster (fruit fly) in various aspects of biomedical research, as well as hands-on training in practical aspects of keeping...

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Rare Disease Day 2020

28 February 2020

29 February this year is the thirteenth international Rare Disease Day , coordinated by EURORDIS . Awareness-raising activities are taking place all over the world. On Friday, 28 February, the MBU held its second annual face-painting event – the rare disease was represented by the different coloured fox!

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Visitors from Jersey

28 February 2020

On Thursday, 27 February the MRC hosted a visit by secondary students from Jersey. Martin King gave his "Biology Master Class' and held discussions aimed at bridging the gap between A levels and university; John Walker gave an explanation of ATP synthase and the Lego model and the students visited Alex Whitworth's...

Read more at: MBU Postdocs visit the Sahlgrenska Academy

MBU Postdocs visit the Sahlgrenska Academy

23 January 2020

Drs Jan Miljkovic and Hiran Prag recently visited the Sahlgrenska Academy at the University of Gothenburg, where they presented their research at the Academy's first seminar series on "Metabolism and Redox Network in Health and Disease". Jan and Hiran are members of the MBU's Mitochondrial Dysfunction research group, led...

Read more at: Inaugural Citrin Foundation Symposium

Inaugural Citrin Foundation Symposium

16 December 2019

Group leader Professor Edmund Kunji and Dr Sotiria Tavoulari, both in the MBU Mitochondrial Carriers research group, attended the Inaugural Citrin Foundation Global Research Symposium on the 11th and 12th of November in Singapore. They are funded by the Citrin Foundation to characterise the molecular properties of the...

Read more at: Cambridge Science Festival 2020

Cambridge Science Festival 2020

9 December 2019

On Sunday, 22 March 2020, the MBU will be showcasing its science at the Cambridge Science Festival event on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus. Activities will include games, movies, hands-on activities and our scientists will be available to talk to visitors about life in the laboratory. This event was subsequently cancelled...

Read more at: Visit by Sixth Form Students

Visit by Sixth Form Students

9 December 2019

We recently hosted a visit by sixth form students from Cambridgeshire. Martin gave his excellent Biology Masterclass, Ana hosted a visit to the fly laboratory and Professor Sir John Walker explained the stucture of ATP synthase with the help of our Lego model! The students met with a number of MBU members, including early...

Read more at: Mitochondrial gene therapy - with the Lily Foundation

Mitochondrial gene therapy - with the Lily Foundation

22 November 2019

The Lily Foundation is sponsoring a full PhD fellowship allowing further research into the delivery of therapeutic proteins into muscle and brain tissues in a murine model of mitochondrial disease, which will serve as vital information in pre-clinical trials. This work is being carried out in our Mitochondrial Genetics...

Read more at: Big Biology Day 2019

Big Biology Day 2019

9 October 2019

Great fun was had on Saturday, 5 October when members of the MBU took various activities to Hills Road Sixth Form College for Big Biology Day 2019. The event was attended by visitors of all ages, who tried out our new Mito-gami activity, along with our "Destroying Mutant Mitochondrial DNA" game and mtDNA sequencing puzzles...

Read more at: Succinate accumulation drives ischaemia-reperfusion injury during organ transplantation

Succinate accumulation drives ischaemia-reperfusion injury during organ transplantation

26 September 2019

An interdisciplinary study led by Mike Murphy of the MBU and the Department of Medicine, and Kourosh Saeb-Parsy of the Department of Surgery has just been published in Nature Metabolism . In collaboration with colleagues in the MRC Cancer Unit and the University of Glasgow , they were interested in finding out why organs...