MRC Human Genetics Unit
Medical Research Council Human Genetics Unit

News 2015

An archive of MRC HGU News from 2015

Genetic diagnoses for rare conditions

Genetic diagnoses for rare conditions
MRC Human Genetics Unit scientists are involved in a nationwide study to identify genes linked to rare developmental disorders in children: January 2015

Tracking DNA helps scientists trace origins of genetic errors

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University of Edinburgh researchers have developed a method to label and track pieces of new DNA as they are made: January 2015

Culture shock - Are lab-grown cells a faithful model for human disease?

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Researchers from the University of Edinburgh and Linköping University have revealed how quickly cells change their identity when grown in the laboratory: February 2015

Bile duct cancer study may pave way for new treatments

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A study led by the University of Edinburgh could help patients with bile duct cancer: February 2015

Maria Christophorou awarded Wellcome Trust Beit prize

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MRC Human Genetics Unit researcher recognised as an outstanding scientist: February 2015

New Director for MRC Human Genetics Unit

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Professor Bickmore said on her appointment, “This is an exciting time for human genetics, with large-scale genome sequencing set to impact on clinical practice: February 2015

Gene discovery sheds light on causes of rare type of dwarfism

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Researchers led by the Universities of Edinburgh and Birmingham have begun decoding the genetic material which causes primordial dwarfism: February 2015

Apply now: 2015 Science Insights work experience programme

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Gain an insight into research and work in biological sciences: March 2015

Joe Marsh receives MRC and Biochemical Society Awards

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His research into protein complexes in human genetic disease will be funded for five more years: April 2015

FEBS Systems Medicine Travel Award to IGMM PhD Student

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Hans-Joachim Sonntag secured the FEBS Youth Travel Grant to attend the inaugural European Systems Medicine Advanced Summer School: May 2015

DNA study could shed light on how genetic faults trigger disease

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Researchers at the MRC Human Genetics Unit were part of an international collaboration that identified all the enhancers on a single human chromosome: May 2015

New European Research Funding

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The IGMM has been successful in obtaining substantial grant funding from the European Union: May 2015

Student awarded Biochemical Society Undergraduate Recognition Award

Undergraduate student Elena Perez Fernandez, who completed a research project in the MRC HGU, will be awarded the Biochemical Society prize for a top undergraduate research project: June 2015

Best student presentation at the 9th Mammalian Genes, Development and Disease Meeting

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Chris Playfoot awarded best student presentation prize: July 2015

2015 Inglis Award Presented

Best student presentation 2015
Congratulations to all the final year PhD students their excellent work and presentations: July 2015

School pupils gain insight into scientific research and careers

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High School Pupils from across the Lothians have attended a week long work experience programme run by the IGMM, Roslin Institute and the Dick Vet School: August 2015

MRC Human Genetics Unit Director hosts Super-Resolution Summer School

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Professor Wendy Bickmore, hosted the second annual ESRIC Super-Resolution Summer School last week, welcoming 35 International attendees: August 2015

Dr Luke Boulter awarded the British Association for the Study of Liver Dame Sheila Sherlock Prize

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Dr Luke Boulter of the MRC HGU has been awarded the British Association for the Study of Liver Dame Sheila Sherlock Prize: August 2015

Dr David Hunt awarded drug safety prize by the MHRA

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Wellcome Intermediate Clinical Fellow is awarded Sir Derrick Dunlop Prize by the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency: September 2015

The importance of enzymatic activity does not always ‘RING’ true

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Scientists from the MRC Human Genetics Unit have proved new things about Protein RING1B: October 2015

IGMM hosts ESRIC Advanced Imaging Symposium 2015

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120 delegates will be welcomed to the Institute on the 13th October: October 2015