Hasnain, S.Z., Wang, H., Ghia, J.E., Haq, N., Deng, Y., Velcich, A., Grencis, R.K., Thornton, D.J. and Khan, W.I.(2010). Mucin Gene Deficiency in Mice Impairs Host Resistance to an Enteric Parasitic Infection. Gastroenterology(in press).
Ball, S.G., Bayley, C., Shuttleworth, C.A. and Kielty, C.M. (2010). Neuropilin-1 regulates platelet-derived growth factor receptor signaling in mesenchymal stem cells. Biochem. J. (in press). PubMed PMID: 20102335.
First opponent for a Danish PhD thesis defense in Aarhus, Jan ’10: Mr. Carsten Scavenius Sonne-Schmidt (Faulty of Science, Aarhus Univerity Denmark). Thesis title: Inter-alpha-inhibitor a proteoglycan in the extracellular matrix.
was at the MRC Senior Non-Clinical Fellowship shortlisting panel this week. It is a highly competitive round and Karl would be happy to speak with people who either want to apply themselves or know someone who does.
Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research, Braunchsweig, Germany, hosted by Prof. Jochen Hühn
Kennedy Institute, Imperial College, London, Jan ’10. Chondrocyte ER stress as a pathogenic factor
Organised and chaired the Manchester Cancer Research Centre Conference on Harnessing Apoptosis, with Caroline Dive of the Paterson Institute. This was the first in a series of MCRC conferences, which aim to bring together some of the world's leading researchers for discussions about how new knowledge in specific cancer themes is driving forward translational studies and clinical trials. The meeting was held at the Palace Hotel on 17-20 January.
Alex Carisey (with Ricky Tsang, Alicja Nazgiewicz and Christoph Ballestrem)
Actin meeting, Bristol, Dec ’09. Title: Vinculin activity controls the adhesion machinery
Fiona Foster (with Charles Streuli & Andrew Gilmore)
MCRC Conference: Harnessing Apoptosis, Manchester, Jan ’10. Title: Focal Adhesion Kinase in Breast Cancer Initiation
Gordon conference, Texas, Jan ’10. Title: Order within Disorder: Aggrecan Chondroitin Sulphate Attachment Region Provides New Structural Insight into Protein Sequences Classified as Disordered
Tom Owens (with Andrew Gilmore)
MCRC conference: Harnessing Apoptosis, Manchester, Jan ’10. Title: Regulation of Bax on mitochondria by p38MAPkinase
Ricky Tsang (with Alex Carisey, Alicja Nazgiewicz and Christoph Ballestrem)
Actin meeting, Bristol, Dec ’09. Title: The use of photoactivation to study focal adhesion systems
Following on from last year's highly successful A-Level Matrix Study Days, February 5th and 22nd sees the Centre hosting another two study days in collaboration with The Manchester Museum. A-level students have been invited from the local area to participate in a 3 hour-workshop (10am-1pm). The workshop is split into two distinct activities: the hands-on practical session entitled 'CSI Matrix' and an interactive meet-the-scientist event, 'Matrix has got Talent', and we are looking for volunteers to help us run these sessions.
'CSI Matrix' involves leading students through a range of teamwork, problem-solving and analytical activities all based on techniques used in labs within the Centre, ranging from measuring bone lengths to identifying mutations in a DNA sequence, and provides students with an insight into how to tackle research problems.
'Matrix has got Talent' sees five of the Centre's researchers, from PhD students to principal investigators, pitch their research to the audience of 'A'-level students, and students vote for their favourite pitch. Afterwards, groups of students meet each of the scientists to learn about their research interests, and question them on a very informal basis about their work and career. The students then cast a second vote, having met the scientists one-by-one, and an overall winner is decided.
To run these highly popular events we need volunteers from the Centre to give up just one morning on either the 5th or 22nd February.
Briefing will be provided ahead of the event, and any questions you have or advice you might need, please do not hesitate to contact event co-ordinator Douglas Dyer (Douglas.Dyer@postgrad.manchester.ac.uk)
or Ceri Harrop (firstname.lastname@example.org).