MRC Network Contents Autumn 2013
A 12 foot pair of lungs, lab technicians in the spotlight and skiing Japanese volcanoes
A 12 foot pair of lungs on the banks of the Thames, lab technicians in the spotlight, and skiing Japanese volcanoes (alongside a career in public health research) all feature in the autumn 2013 edition of the MRC’s Network magazine, now available to download.
How often do you get to visit a working laboratory, watch scientific stand-up and climb inside a giant nostril? To celebrate 100 years of life-changing discoveries we took a tour around the UK to visit MRC Centenary Open Week events, a chance to bring people together, unite our researchers, and for the general public to get up close and personal with MRC science and scientists.
An article on “Last of the ‘lab-boys’” in this edition of Network puts lab technicians in the spotlight, exploring the changing attitudes and increased recognition for lab technicians over the past century.
As Dame Sally Macintyre retires from her role as director of the MRC/Chief Scientist Office Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, University of Glasgow, we hear about her 30 years of tackling public health inequalities, and how it’s possible to have some extraordinary hobbies alongside a successful career.
Our regular funding update features Horizon 2020 – the EU’s Framework Programme for Research and Innovation – and looks at new investment for UK brain banks to help study major brain diseases.
In this issue…
- £20m MRC funding for new e-health institute
- Hope for healing broken hearts
- From cooling babies to healthy children
- Genes give insight into autism
- Stem cells offer hope for blindness
- 30 years of tackling health inequalities: farewell to Dame Sally Macintyre
- 2013 African Research Leaders announced
- £93.2m Biomedical Catalyst support for UK’s health industries
- New director and boost for UK brain banks
- MRC Centenary celebrations
- Last of the ‘lab-boys’