The Loman Lab has been chosen to be one of the first recipients of the new Oxford Nanopore MinION sequencing platform in their phase 1 early access programme. This is the much-hyped USB-stick sequencer which promises to be disposable and usable in the field, generating potentially unlimited read lengths and requiring little sample preparation. Nick expects theirs to arrive next month and will keep the IMI updated with their findings!
One of the first ever Krachler lab members, Cathy Hawley, was just accepted as a PhD student at the Royal Infirmary Hospital at Edinburgh. She spent the Summer 2012 with us, studying the effects of MAM-based adhesion inhibitors on wound healing. She was joint first author on a PLoS One paper we published last year and said this experience definitely boosted her ability to find a PhD position in these tough times. She will start her project in September, looking at tissue-resident macrophages.
See link below to a video produced by the EU to advertise the industrial ITN training networks – it highlights the Birmingham-Novartis funded project (VADER) that was secured by Adam Cunningham, Ian Henderson and Cal MacLennan at Novartis.
IMI members Rob Clegg and Jan Kreft will be running a one day workshop in Vienna entitled Individual-based modelling of biofilms using iDynoMiCS. This workshop is part of the Biofilms6 conference, and takes place the day after the conference, on 14 May 2014.
The workshop is mainly for researchers who are thinking of using individual-based modelling of biofilms or have just started. Programming experience is not required but useful, as is experience with handling, visualising and analysing data.
More info on iDynoMiCS can be found on our iDynoMiCS lab pages or www.idynomics.org (which needs some updating but has useful info). For further information on the workshop see http://www.biosciences-labs.bham.ac.uk/kreftlab/news_stories/iDynoVienna.html
For registration please email Jan Kreft (j.kreft at bham.ac.uk)
Steve Busby became Chairman of Biochemical Society (http://www.biochemistry.org/default.aspx) on 1st January. The Biochemical Society is the UK’s largest and oldest member organisation that promotes molecular biosciences worldwide. Its offices are at Charles Darwin House (just off Grays Inn Road in London) which it shares with the Society for General Microbiology and 3 other learned societies.
Professor Nigel Brown, a former Head of School for Biological Sciences at the University of Birmingham, and currently TGAC’s Board of Trustees’ Chair, has just received an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for his services to Science.
Awarded for his services to Science, as the President of the Society for General Microbiology and Emeritus Professor of Molecular Microbiology at the University of Edinburgh, the OBE recognises individuals who have played a major local role in an activity, including people whose work has made them known nationally in their chosen area.
The prestigious accolade is awarded by the honours system which acknowledges those who have made achievements in public life, committed themselves to serving and helping Britain.
On receiving the award, Professor Nigel Brown, said: “I am greatly honoured to receive an OBE for services to Science. I have always believed that it is not enough just to do science, but scientists also need to promote it and to help it thrive. I have been fortunate to work with teams of people of similar mind and I am delighted that my contribution has helped, and I hope that it will continue to do so through TGAC.”
Dr Mario Caccamo, Director of TGAC, said: “I would like to congratulate Prof. Nigel Brown on behalf of all TGAC staff for this award. We are extremely proud for this recognition and the impact that Nigel’s career has made in science. We look forward to continuing working with Nigel in developing TGAC as a centre of excellence.”
On 25th March 2014, Dame Sally Davies, Chief Medical Officer will be giving the Harry Smith Memorial Lecture. The title of the lecture will be ‘Antibiotic Resistance – a policy update’. A brief summary of the lecture content will be issued shortly.
The event will start with refreshments at 4.30pm in the Wolfson Common Room, followed by the lecture at 5pm in the Leonard Deacon Lecture Theatre, in the Medical School.
Big congratulations to Faye Morris of the Henderson lab, who passed her PhD on 18th December.
Faye has also been awarded the SGM Heatley Payne Prize to deliver a presentation at the American Society for Microbiology 2014 and to fund her short sabbatical in Prof. Tom Silhavy’s lab at Princeton University.
Well done Faye!
Mark Webber gave an interview for BBC World on 17th December about the FDA looking to make licensing of antibacterial products for use in the home harder in part due to resistance concerns. View on youtube at: http://goo.gl/yVYjXt
View Professor Laura Piddock giving evidence to MPs at the Science and Technology Committee Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) evidence hearing on Wednesday 18th December: parliamentlive.tv/Main/Player.aspx?meetingId=14505 …