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£1 million boost for the Aitken lab

4 December 2023

Dr Sarah Aitken, one of our Group Leaders at the Unit, has received a prestigious Clinician Scientist Fellowship. The award, granted by Cancer Research UK (CRUK), provides £1.1 million in funding to support her lab’s research over a five-year period. CRUK Fellowships are highly sought-after prizes awarded biannually to...

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Innovative approach reveals a dual ‘Google Map’ of RNAs and proteins within cells

30 November 2023

You might imagine the cells in your body as quite static. In reality, they are hives of activity and contain cocktails of different molecules. Just like us, these different molecules in our cells all have a job. Just like us, those jobs span a wide range of roles and take place in designated spaces – instead of offices or...

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PhD student Yizhou is runner up in international Emerging Talents competition

10 November 2023

Yizhou Yu, a PhD student in the Martins lab, was the runner-up in the international Falling Walls Emerging Talents pitch finals this week. Falling Walls is an annual competition that challenges students and early-career professionals of all disciplines to pitch their innovative ideas to an audience, including a panel of...

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Four ITTP projects awarded for 2024 start

3 November 2023

The MRC Integrative Toxicology Training Partnership (ITTP) is a national PhD training programme for capacity building in Toxicology and related disciplines. The safe development of new drugs, materials, chemicals and consumer products along with the assessment of risk from environmental exposure requires the integration of...

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Mitochondrial damage: the missing piece in understanding the side-effects from antipsychotics?

6 September 2023

Researchers from the MRC Toxicology Unit, in collaboration with the MRC Mitochondrial Biology Unit in Cambridge, have uncovered why individuals who are prescribed some antipsychotic drugs can develop movement disorders. How these side-effects might develop was not clear – until now - and it is all linked to damage to the...

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Microbiome: The Kingdom of the Gut

24 August 2023

The work of the Patil lab is featured in this story by the University of Cambridge. It explores how Cambridge scientists are trying to get a grasp on the basic rules these bacteria play by, in the hope of understanding not only what’s going on in there, but how we might be able to use our microbiome to our advantage.

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Tiago Marques Pedro selected for international toxicology conference

23 August 2023

tiago.jpg Tiago Marques Pedro, a PhD student in the MacFarlane lab, has been selected to present his research at the Gordon Research Conference on Cellular and Molecular Mechanisms of Toxicity. "Alongside the amazing speakers, innovative science and hiking excursions, I was chosen to give a short talk based on my poster...

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The Mirror report discovery that could help tailor vaccinations for people in future

31 July 2023

The Mirror covered the latest exciting research from the Thaventhiran lab in collaboration with researchers across the University of Cambridge. Described as a "huge step forward" by Dr Miriam Stoppard, the discovery made by Unit researchers may explain why, even among vulnerable patient groups, some have better responses...

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Tracing toxic ‘tyre dust’ pollution in the air to assess human exposure

20 July 2023

When you think of traffic pollution, what comes to mind? Exhaust fumes? What about miniscule pieces of tyre rubber floating around in the atmosphere? Tyre wear particles make up a significant portion of air pollution in UK cities and is only projected to increase over the next decade. In fact, it is estimated that about 1...

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Unit hosts annual ITTP Summer School

19 July 2023

Last week, the Unit hosted the annual ITTP Summer School from 10th - 13th July. Each year, four studentships are awarded as part of the MRC Integrative Toxicology Training Partnership (ITTP) to train the next generation of toxicologists. These students study at organisations across the UK from Swansea, to Newcastle, to...

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