Centenary celebrated at public open day

Posted by er134 at Jun 21, 2013 01:15 PM |
100 years of the Medical Research Council marked at the MRC Toxicology Unit at the University of Leicester on Saturday 22 June

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 21 June 2013

Researchers at the MRC Toxicology Unit, based at the University of Leicester, will be joining celebrations of 100 years of the Medical Research Council with a public open day on Saturday 22 June 2013.

The event, which takes place from 10am to 3.30pm in the Hodgkin Building on Lancaster Road, will feature a host of activities for all ages exploring 100 years of life-changing discoveries.

The highlight of the day promises to be a ballet performed by students of the prestigious Northern Ballet School in Manchester, developed in collaboration with the MRC as part of its Outreach programme.

Students have been learning how cells move, how they are created and live and die, and the concepts underlying the development of cancer and its treatment. They have translated their learning into a performance following a single life, from its origins through to adulthood. Limited tickets are still available.

But visitors will also be able to take part in lab activities, where they can solve a murder using DNA fingerprinting, see cells divide and die through microscopes, make a bracelet of an animal’s genetic code, and much more.

Talks will include:

‘Dispelling the Vampire myth’
Discussing the interaction of drugs and chemicals in some genetic illnesses and disorders (Suitable for younger audience)

‘Malaria: An ancient killer, a modern cure?’
A presentation on malaria, it’s history, the devastating effect of this disease and if modern science can help cure it. (Suitable for 15 year olds and over).

‘Decoding cancer’
Examining cancer and the possible use of new technologies to bring new breakthroughs in the search for a cure. (Suitable for 15 year olds and over).

‘Ask the Scientist’
A chance to pose questions to scientists at different stages of their careers, whether the questions are about research, careers or general science.

A full list of activities from the day is online here: http://tox.mrc.ac.uk/2013/05/mrc-centenary-event/

The MRC Toxicology Unit is one of the MRC's longest standing research centres. To celebrate 100 years of life changing discoveries we are opening our doors to the public to allow people to see what we do. With talks, lab activities and fun games we are hoping to inspire a new generation of researchers and scientists.

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For more information please contact Declan Cummins by e-mail: dc259@le.ac.uk

The Medical Research Council has been at the forefront of scientific discovery to improve human health. Founded in 1913 to tackle tuberculosis, the MRC now invests taxpayers’ money in some of the best medical research in the world across every area of health. Twenty-nine MRC-funded researchers have won Nobel prizes in a wide range of disciplines, and MRC scientists have been behind such diverse discoveries as vitamins, the structure of DNA and the link between smoking and cancer, as well as achievements such as pioneering the use of randomised controlled trials, the invention of MRI scanning, and the development of a group of antibodies used in the making of some of the most successful drugs ever developed. Today, MRC-funded scientists tackle some of the greatest health problems facing humanity in the 21st century, from the rising tide of chronic diseases associated with ageing to the threats posed by rapidly mutating micro-organisms. www.mrc.ac.uk

The MRC Centenary Timeline chronicles 100 years of life-changing discoveries and shows how our research has had a lasting influence on healthcare and wellbeing in the UK and globally, right up to the present day. www.centenary.mrc.ac.uk

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