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Marco Travaglio speaks to New Scientist about the group's work on COVID-19

5 May 2020

Marco Travaglio, PhD student in Dr Miguel Martin's research programme, has spoken about the COVID-19 research that they are conducting in an article published by New Scientist: ' Are you more likely to die of covid-19 if you live in a polluted area?' Marco has also been quoted in the Financial Times article: ' Academics...

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Dr Miguel Martins has been quoted in two articles published by The Guardian linking air pollution and coronavirus

5 May 2020

Our Programme Leader, Dr Miguel Martins, has contributed to two articles written by The Guardian about the links between air pollution and coronavirus deaths: Preliminary study links air pollution to coronavirus deaths in England ​ Is air pollution making the coronavirus pandemic even more deadly?

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Yizhou Yu speaks on France 24 regarding the links between air pollution and COVID-19

28 April 2020

On the 27th April, Yizhou Yu, a student in Dr Miguel Martin's research programme, spoke on France 24 about the possible link between levels of air pollution and the severity of the COVID-19 illness. To watch the video on the France 24 website please click here.

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Dr James Thaventhiran joins Dr Nicholas Matheson for the CITIID's weekly COVID-19 update

21 April 2020

On the 16th April, Dr James Thaventhiran joined Dr Nicholas Matheson for the Cambridge Institute of Therapeutic Immunology and Infectious Disease's (CITIID) weekly COVID-19 update. This talk, along with all other previous updates from the CITIID, can be found here. Details of the weekly webinar can be found here . Each...

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Thaventhiran lab's publication selected as one of the top ten papers of 2019 by the Journal of Experimental Medicine

19 March 2020

The Thaventhiran lab's paper 'Loss of the interleukin-6 receptor causes immunodeficiency, atopy, and abnormal inflammatory responses' has been selected as one of the Top Ten Papers of 2019 by the Journal of Experimental Medicine (JEM). Brief Definitive Report Interleukin-6 receptor deficiency Sarah Spencer; Sevgi Köstel...

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New European Partnerships to Accelerate Cancer Research

19 March 2020

Cancer Research UK and its European partners, Fondazione AIRC and Asociación Española Contra el Cáncer (AECC), will invest £27.4 million into seven new international projects to accelerate lifesaving cancer research. The Cancer Research UK Accelerator Awards programme, which provides five years of funding for international...

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Ritwick Sawarkar receives Alfred Tissières Young Investigator Award

13 March 2020

The MRC Toxicology Unit would like to congratulate Dr Ritwick Sawarkar who recieved The Alfred Tissières Young Investigator Award 2019. This award was established by The Executive Council of the Cell Stress Society International. Dr Sawarkar received the award for his contribution to the heat shock and cellular stress...

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ESTIV Early Career Award granted to Dr. Timothy Allen

20 January 2020

The MRC Toxicology Unit is pleased to announce that Dr Timothy Allen has been granted the first European Society of Toxicology In Vitro (ESTIV) Early Career Award. More information about the ESTIV Early Career Award can be found here: https://www.estiv.org/estiv-early-career-award-granted-to-dr-timothy-allen/

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Air pollution from brake dust may have same harmful effects on immune cells as diesel exhaust

20 January 2020

Metal particles from the abrasion of brake pads - up to a fifth of fine particulate matter (PM2.5) air pollution at roadsides - may cause inflammation and reduce the ability of immune cells to kill bacteria, a new study has found, similarly to particles derived from diesel exhaust. The scientists, primarily funded by the...

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PhD Studentships Available

15 January 2020

The MRC Toxicology Unit is now advertising for four PhD Studenstships commencing in October 2020. The four projects are: Toxicity-induced phase separation of transcriptional regulators: mechanisms and cellular consequences - Supervisor: Dr Ritwick Sawarkar Single Cell assessment of adaptive immune clonal expansion and...

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