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Translational Genomics of Rare Disease and Cancer


Thursday, 11 December 2014

9am - 6pm (lunch provided)

IGM and NICR are joining forces for a Research Showcase presenting our best translational science in genomic medicine. Both senior and junior scientists will present their findings which will hopefully form the base of discussion as the day unfolds. Our expertise comes together through the 100,000 Genomes Project funded by the UK Government and being implemented by Genomics England. It is therefore entirely fitting that the day will conclude with a guest lecture from Professor Mark Caulfield, Chief Scientist at Genomics England and Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine at Queen Mary, University of London. Professor Caulfield will bring us up to date on this national project which has attracted international attention. The impact of the 100,000 Genome Project will extend well beyond IGM and NICR, affecting our lives both professionally and personally. We therefore look forward to seeing you on 11th December 2014.

To view the programme for the day please click here

Further information can be viewed here

Please note that if you wish to attend then you must register

Access to Understanding science-writing competition

Closing date: 09 December 2014 1600 GMT

The Access to Understanding science-writing competition is a prestigious, international competition aimed at PhD students and early career post-doctoral researchers, developed by the British Library, eLife and Europe PMC.

Are you:

  • a biomedical scientist who acknowledges the importance of accessible scientific research?
  • confident in explaining complicated scientific terms and concepts in plain English?

If you are, then enter the competition to explain scientific research findings in an accessible way.

PRIZE: An iPad and your entry published in eLife

Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony at The British Library on 27 March 2015.

Further information can be found here

If you have any questions please e-mail Engagement@EuropePMC.org


MRC Max Perutz Science Writing Final

The final of the competition was on 1st October in London.

We learnt in August that Tom Hall, an Institute of Neuroscience PhD student was one of 13 finalists in the MRC Max Perutz Science Writing competition. The competition asks MRC funded PhD students to write 800 words about why their research is important so that a non-science audience can understand it.

 The final of this years competition was on 1st October and we can now announce that Tom was awarded a commendation for his article: 'Brain computer interfaces: science fiction or science future?'

First place went to Christoffer van Tulleken (UCL), and second place was awarded to Wiebke Nahrendorf from the MRC National Institute for Medical Research.

Well done Tom, we hope to be able to publish his article in full here soon.

You can find the full story on the MRC website, here.

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