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Tox student receives 2024 Mary Amdur Student Award

14 March 2024

David O'Loughlin, PhD student in the MacFarlane lab at the MRC Toxicology Unit, has been awarded the 2024 Mary Amdur Student Award by the Society of Toxicology (SOT) at their Annual Meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah. The prize, named in honour of a pioneer in air pollution toxicology who overcame gender, political and...

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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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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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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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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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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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Unit researchers part of consortium awarded £8M in funding to enhance the UK’s nucleic acid therapeutics delivery platforms

16 January 2023

We are delighted to share the news that Prof Anne Willis and Dr Ritwick Sawarkar are a part of a consortium that has been awarded £8 million by the Nucleic Acid Therapy Accelerator (NATA) to enhance the UK's nucleic acid therapeutics delivery platforms. The consortium, led by Professor Matthew Wood at the University of...

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Supporting postdocs transition to independent research leaders

19 October 2022

As part of our focus on driving a culture of positive research leadership, the Unit has awarded two fellowships to postdocs at the Unit. The Transition to Independence (TTI) Fellowships will support senior postdoctoral researchers to forge their own independent group in an area of toxicology-relevant biomedical research...

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ITTP student makes national finals of 3 Minute Thesis competition

22 September 2022

On 15th September, PhD student, Laura Booth, from our Integrative Toxicology Training Partnership (ITTP) programme competed in the national finals of the 3 Minute Thesis (3MT) competition. The 3MT competition challenges research-based postgraduate students to distill their research into a three-minute story for a non-...

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