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Press and media activities at the Unit are co-ordinated by the Communications team:

Sophie Milbourne (Communications Manager) | 07510 926171


The Communications team is able to provide:

  • advice to journalists who want to talk to experts at the Toxicology Unit
  • more information on key Unit stories
  • assistance with filming and photography requests
  • information about public engagement events


The MRC Toxicology Unit mission is to deliver mechanistic toxicology research, with a particular focus on the study of the links between exposure to chemicals, radiation and therapeutic agents including new classes of biologics, molecular initiating events and adverse outcome pathways. The Unit uses a range of systems-based approaches to address key questions in this area. The Unit continues to develop the translation of its basic research into clinically and public health-relevant outcomes. In addition to publicising our recent research findings, we work with the media to support the inclusion of evidence-based research into various public interest and current affairs topics.

By communicating our research, we aim to:

  • Promote research at the MRC Toxicology Unit and communicate how our work benefits society
  • Raise the public profile of the Unit as a world-class centre for medical research excellence and expertise
  • Take an active role in informing public dialogue with evidence-based research relevant to key social and political issues


The Communications team work closely with the central UKRI press office, which handles all major stories from across MRC units, centres and institute, and also the central press team at the University of Cambridge.