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Unit host visiting PhD students from Netherlands to identify potential new collaborations

7 June 2023

On Friday 2nd June, a group of 25 PhD students from Wageningen University & Research (WUR), The Netherlands, visited the Unit as part of their tour of UK toxicology research facilities and to identify potential future collaborations. We were treated to a day of exciting flash presentations from PhD students from both...

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Unit researchers transform into 'human books' for new engagement event

5 June 2023

Researchers from the Toxicology Unit transformed into 'human books' to support the launch of our new public engagement project; The Human Bookshelf. The Human Bookshelf events allow visitors 1:1 time with our researchers to talk about their area of expertise and learn about how we are working to create a safer environment...

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National papers and local radio cover obesity and vaccine response research

16 May 2023

Work published by Dr James Thaventhiran and collaborators in Cambridge and Edinburgh describing how obesity accelerates the loss of protection from COVID-19 vaccines was reported across national media outlets. Dr Thaventhiran was also interviewed about their findings on local radio. You can read the Unit's news article and...

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People with obesity lose immunity gained from COVID-19 vaccination more rapidly

11 May 2023

The protection offered by COVID-19 vaccination declines more rapidly in people with severe obesity compared to those with normal weight, researchers from the MRC Toxicology Unit and collaborators within the Universities of Cambridge and Edinburgh have found. The study suggests that people with obesity are likely to need...

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Prize successes for Unit researchers at the BTS Congress

20 April 2023

Researchers from the MRC Toxicology Unit had a successful time at the BTS Annual Congress this week in Birmingham sharing their fascinating research. Congratulations to our prize winners: David O’Louglin who won the Best BTS Annual Congress Oral Presentation. Tiago Marques Pedro who won the Best UKAAT Poster Presentation...

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Yizhou Yu selected to join the 72nd Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting

14 April 2023

Yizhou Yu, who is a PhD student in the Martins lab at the MRC Toxicology Unit, has been selected to attend this year’s 72nd Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting. From 25th-30th June, Yu is one of 635 young scientists from 98 countries who will be able to meet each other and around 40 Nobel Laureates. Yizhou's research focuses on...

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Toxicology Unit research on show at this year's Cambridge Festival

30 March 2023

Researchers from the MRC Toxicology Unit were involved in the Cambridge Festival 2023 last weekend to engage families with our research. The Cambridge Festival is an annual event coordinated by the University of Cambridge’s Public Engagement team. It is a multi-disciplinary festival with a mixture of online, on-demand and...

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CRUK funding success to tackle asbestos-linked cancer

15 March 2023

Unit researchers and collaborators in Glasgow have been awarded £2.1 million by Cancer Research UK to help solve the mystery of how exposure to asbestos can take decades to develop into mesothelioma. The disease most commonly starts in layers of tissue covering the lungs and usually following the inhalation of asbestos...

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New method for nutrient-tracing within a microbial community

20 February 2023

Cross-feeding, or the exchange of nutrients between organisms, is fundamental to the diversity and function of microbial communities. However, pinpointing the corresponding donors and receivers to understand more about this nutrient exchange is challenging as amino acids, nucleotides and more are universal across all...

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Celebrating International Day of Women and Girls in Science

10 February 2023

11th February marks the annual International Day of Women and Girls in Science (IDWGS). It celebrates women and girls in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and the vital work they do. By celebrating and increasing the visibility of women and girls in STEM, we can inspire the next generation of female...

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