Faye, C., Inforzato, A., Bignon, M., Hartmann, D.J., Muller, L., Ballut, L., Olsen, B.R., Day, A.J., and Ricard-Blum, S. (2010). Transglutaminase-2: a new endostatin partner in the extracellular matrix of endothelial cells. Biochem J.
Seema Nundlall, S., Rajpar, H., Zeeff, L.A.H., Gardner, B.,Thornton, D.J., Boot-Handford, R.P., and Briggs M.D. (2010). An unfolded protein response is the initial cellular response to the expression of mutant matrilin-3 in a mouse model of multiple epiphyseal dysplasia. Cell Stress & Chaperones.
Cari presented a talk at the launch of the Society of Biology, which was held on Thursday 25th March 2010 at Fishmonger's Hall, London Bridge. She was one of only three speakers at this event and it was a fantastic honour to talk alongside Sirs Paul Nurse and David Attenborough. Many well-known biologists were at the event and Ceri did a superb job of publicising some of the great work going on in the Centre, particularly the stunning Public Engagement activities that she and the Centre are pioneering. To see some pictures of the event and find out more about the society click here.
20,000 start up funding from Newlife to develop software for using ontology and semantic web technology to integrate and consolidate clinical, genetic, molecular and mouse databases of skeletal diseases for access by the medical and research community worldwide.
Wellcome to the matrix
This event has been a fantastic success this year, as ever, and I'd like to thank all the members of the Centre who pitched in to help. Over 40 members of the Centre were involved, with almost all lab groups represented.
This year, 5 schools from Greater Manchester came here to learn all about the matrix, and they all benefited hugely. Their written feedback has been outstanding. It is rewarding to hear from the kids that they've really enjoyed it, learnt a lot, and thought the best thing was going around the laboratories, seeing all the equipment, and looking down a microscope; and from a teachers who says that he's really enjoyed the day, and that it's been really valuable for the children.
The schools involved were: Manchester Academy, St-Peters High School, Chorlton High School, Wright Robinson College, Creative and Media Academy.
Feedback highlights include:
"Making the models let me work in a team and have lots of fun while learning things, and the tour of the building was a great experience for me to see what uni is like."-student
"I learnt and saw things I wouldn't have dreamed of in a million years."-student
"(The presentations) highlighted and consolidated learning. The energy and excitement of the pupils was clear and true relection of how much they enjoyed the day."-teacher
Peter undertook 3-days teaching students aspects of PCR and genetic engineering as part of the Lifelab at Manchester Museum on 8th, 22nd and 25th of March.
Congratulations to Sumaira Hasnain who has been selected to participate in the Biology of Parasitism: Modern Approaches held at the Marine Biology Laboratory, Woods Hole, MA, USA. (June 11 - July 31). This unique course for advanced graduate students, postdocs, and PIs is limited to 16 participants worldwide. The focus of the course covers both parasite function and host-parasite interactions, encompassing a mix of molecular & cellular biology, immunology and biochemistry.
Charles' lab was honoured to have been chosen as PerkinElmer "Lab of the Month" for March. See cellular imaging. Many thanks to Nasreen Akhtar for writing the text and putting the figures together.
The Paterson Institute. Seminar title: Vinculin activity controls the cell-matrix adhesion machinery
26th March 2010. Ophthalmology Regional Study Day (Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust), Bury St. Edmonds. Title: Understanding the role of complement factor H in AMD.
"Frontiers in Organogenesis", Center for Developmental Biology, Riken, Kobe, Japan. Title: Type XXVII Collagen and Embryonic Lung Development