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Robin Weiss: Election to US National Academy of Sciences

Congratulations are offered to Professor Robin Weiss on his election to the National Academy of Sciences (USA). Robin is Emeritus Professor of Viral Oncology in the Wohl Virion Centre. (Link to Wohl)

Published: Jun 5, 2013 10:30:40 AM

COMING UP: MRC@UCL Centenary Science Fair

The MRC@UCL Centenary Science Fair will be a family fun day for all ages and will include lab tours, talks, hands-on activities, interactive demonstrations, games and exhibitions. There will be stalls and exhibits in the UCL Cloisters off the main quad, and a treasure hunt for younger visitors. Some of the groups involved and activities planned include: The Centre for Medical Molecular Virology will run science workshops offering a fun, hands-on experience of what the centre does. Including DNA extraction, testing pipetting skills and allowing visitors to demonstrate creative flair by designing and drawing their own interpretations of viruses. The Unit for Lifelong Health and Ageing will exhibit research findings about the National Survey of Health and Development (NHSD), alongside a timeline of public interest milestones. They will also host a variety of activities, including testing grip strength and measuring reaction times.  Students from the Laboratory for Molecular Cell Biology will show what it's like to work in a lab, with various interactive presentations and demonstrations, and the opportunity to discuss careers in medical research. The MRC fellows at UCL will give a series of talks aimed at the general public highlighting the biomedical research funded by the MRC. These talks will focus on the big challenges in biomedical research including cancer, heart disease, infections and diseases of the nervous system. The Seminar series will be officially started by Nobel laureate and one of the BBC's 'Beautiful Minds', Sir Tim Hunt In addition, visitors can sign up for visits to the research labs at the Laboratory for Molecular Cell Biology. More...

Published: Mar 5, 2013 1:42:56 PM


Research that the MRC Centre supports falls into three main programmes

Programme 1: Host Immune Responses and Immunity

The Centre supports a central UCL immune monitoring laboratory that will allow us to compare immune response profiles with other research and clinical data sets, and select specific patients for in depth studies in research projects

Programme 2: Viral genome associations with disease

The wealth of clinically and biologically phenotyped samples available within UCL Biobanks, coupled with our next-generation sequencing facility, will allow us to identify genetic determinants of disease outcome, transmission and drug resistance

Programme 3: Cellular molecules critical for viral replication

This programme brings together the virology, cell biology and genomics expertise at UCL and harnesses cutting-edge massively parallel sequencing technology and RNAi and small molecule screening to reveal the essential interactions that take place between virus and host.

MRC Centre Annual Research Day 2013

Thursday 4 July 2013 from 9.00am, UCL venue: TBC

This year's Research Day will be held in conjunction with the Division of Infection & Immunity Annual PhD Colloquium.  Current Centre 'Bench to Bedside' PhD students will join others to present research talks and posters, followed by an afternoon of interactive activities with research staff & students, closing with a drinks reception and prize-giving.  Full details including a day schedule to be published in due course.

MRC Centre Annual Research Day 2011

Friday 11 November 2011 from 9.00am, UCL Christopher Ingold Lecture Theatre

To showcase the research currently undertaken by member groups, the Centre held its annual Research Day on 11 November 2011.  The day included talks from Centre primary investigators and their teams, a lunchtime poster session, and concluded with a drinks reception.  The day was an excellent opportunity to learn more about recent Centre successes and current research, while providing an ideal platform for future collaborative links to be established.

Click on the links to see films of selected talks, taken form the Research Day Programme:

Lentiviral vectors as vaccines - Prof Mary Collins, Division of Infection & Immunity

The evolving story of varicella zoster virus vaccine - Prof Judy Breuer, Research Department of Infection

Defining DC-dependent presentation of lentiviral vector antigens - Dr Clare Bennett, Cancer Institute, Department of Haematology

Migration via random walks - Prof Benny Chain, Research Department of Immunology

Progress towards a full dynamic model for cytomegalovirus replication in vivo - Prof Vince Emery, Research Department of Infection

Interactions between viral transcriptional regulators and the host genome - Dr Richard Jenner, Research Department of Immunology

Virus and host genetics of severe pandemic influenza infection - Prof Paul Kellam, Research Department of Infection

HIV and endocytosis - Prof Mark Marsh, MRC Laboratory for Molecular Cell Biology

Identifying cellular factors required for cell-cell spread of HIV - Dr Elisabetta Groppelli, Division of Infection & Immunity

Susceptibility of T cells to death ligand-mediated deletion in the liver of Chronic Hepatitis B Virus infected patients - Dr Dimitra Peppa, Research Department of Immunology

Enhancing the efficiacy of TCR gene therapy by co-transfer of class I restricted TCR and CD3 molecules into CD4+ T cells - Dr Emma Nicholson, Research Department of Immunology

HIV and TB co-infection in macrophages - Dr Mahdad Noursadeghi, Research Department of Immunology

Heterosexual Transmission of HIV-1 Subtype B in the UK - Dr Stephane Hue, Research Department of Infection

Microbial safety in xenotransplantation - Dr Yasu Takeuchi, Research Department of Infection

TCR gene therapy of viral infection and virus associated cancer - Prof Hans Stauss, Research Department of Immunology

Direct neutralization screening for anti-HIV llama antibodies - Dr Laura McCoy, Research Department of Infection

Investigating HIV and host interactions using chemical genetics - Dr Ian Anderson, Div of Infection & Immunity

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