MRC Festival of Medical Research in Leicester, 25 and 26 June 2016

Posted by pt91 at Jun 22, 2016 12:22 PM |
Interactive exhibition by University of Leicester’s MRC Toxicology Unit at Highcross Leicester

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 22 June 2016

The inaugural Medical Research Council (MRC) Festival of Medical Research, taking place from 18 to 26 June 2016, will see Medical Research Council units, centres and institutes showcasing their research through events and activities around the UK. Events at the MRC Festival include open days, public lectures/debates, activity days, workshops, interactive seminars and quizzes. All events are free.

Researchers from the MRC Toxicology Unit at the University of Leicester will be presenting an interactive exhibition at Highcross Leicester on 25 and 26 June. Scientists discuss their research using games and video animations including how the drug discovery process works; how to identify different types of tumour cells; 3D images demonstrating the power of state of the art microscopy and a printed copy of the human genome.

Media are invited to publicise details of any of the open events in advance. If you are interested in attending or covering any of these events in more depth, please contact the MRC press office: press.office@headoffice.mrc.ac.uk.

More information about the MRC Festival of Medical Research is available at www.mrc.ac.uk/mrcfestival

The MRC invests taxpayers’ money in some of the best medical research in the world across every area of health. Thirty-one 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 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.

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