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APRIL 2020

Computational Toxicologist, Medical Research Council

"The RSC's "Faces of Toxicology" series aims to introduce some of the scientific topics and career opportunities in toxicology. In this video I provide some of my thoughts on computational toxicology, my background in chemistry and careers in toxicology while exploring some of the best science at the MRC Toxicology Unit." - Dr Tim Allen 


MARCH 2019

UniStem Event - 15th March 2019

On Friday 15th March the MRC Toxicology Unit invited 30 schoolchildren to the Unit to participate in the UniStem event 2019, in conjunction with the University of Leicester.

UniStem Day is an outreach event dedicated to stem cell research for high school students, and is currently the largest educational outreach initiative on stem cells and regenerative medicine in Europe. In 2018 the event was organised simultaneously by 74 universities across Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Serbia, Spain, Sweden, UK and Hungary.

The school children attended short lectures and a web-based interactive event with other UniStem sites across Europe, and were also given the opportunity to visit the MRC Toxicology Unit Stem Cell laboratories.  

JUNE 2018

Leicester New Walk Museum Event – 23 June 2018

As part of the MRC Festival of Medical Research 2018, the MRC Toxicology Unit were at the Leicester New Walk Museum on Saturday 23rd June 2018.

The New Walk museum is situated within the historic, pedestrianised New Walk area of the city. It hosts a wide range of temporary and permanent exhibitions including work from local and international artists.

The Unit’s stand was focused on the subject of ‘Small Cells Big Ideas’ to give members of the public the opportunity to talk with scientists; who could explain their science in everyday language and explain how work at the MRC Toxicology Unit can help develop treatments for diseases such as Cancer, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s.

Interactive displays and games suitable for all ages were available, such as:

  • Can you identify parts of a human cell?
  • Learn about Stem cells and why we study them
  • Discover mitochondria; the engines of the cell, how do they work and why are we are studying them?
  • Hands on - enter a cell becoming part of its powerhouse, can you make it to work!
  • View the human DNA map to see the enormous amount of information needed to make a human body

The stand attracted a wide variety of visitors, who were keen to find out more about the medical research that is being conducted in Leicester.


MARCH 2017

Peterborough school visit – 14 March 2017

A group from the Muller lab visited Peterborough School to give a series of talks to four different groups regarding their research and using animals in medical research.  Members of the lab also gave careers talks and interactive activities highlighting cancer cells with a fluorescent microscope.



Parkinson’s UK East Midlands Research Support Network – 5 March 2016

The Parkinson’s East Midlands Research Support Network is for anyone who is interested in research into Parkinson’s and wants to support Parkinson’s UK’s research aims and objectives.

On Saturday 5th March a selection of our scientists hosted the 4th Annual Researchers’ Meeting for the Parkinson’s UK East Midlands Research Support Network.  Scientists from the local area gave short presentations to patients and clinicians about the progress they have made since last year.


UCL Biology in Action, Institute of Education, University College London – 2 March 2016

Professor  Giovanna Mallucci provided a public lecture at the UCL Biology in Action event entitled ‘Preventing brain degeneration: from molecules to medicines’.



Biomedical Society Lecture – Oxford High School – 29 February 2016

Professor Anne Willis gave an inspiring lecture to A level and GCSE students at the Biomedical Society at Oxford Girls Day School Trust about her current research.



On 17 November 2015 two of the Unit’s postdoc scientists visited a local high school to talk about careers in science and their current research work.


JUNE 2015

On 1st June 2015 a local college visited the University to hear about Ethics in Animal Research, where one of the Unit’s PhD students delivered a talk about using animals in research.


MAY 2015

The MRC Outreach Team visited a local primary school to provide practical lab experiments using ph testing and a talk on what it’s like to be a scientist.


MARCH 2015

Parkinson’s UK East Midlands Research Support Network

In March 2015 some of our scientists took part in the Parkinson’s UK East Midlands Research Support Network by providing small lectures for patients and clinicians regarding their scientific work in this area.