Recent Open Week events

MRC Biostatistics Unit

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Large Lecture Theatre, Institute for Public Health, Robinson Way, Cambridge, CB2 0SR

The MRC Biostatistics Unit and the University of Cambridge Statistical Laboratory is hosting a series of free public talks on all things statistical. 22 May, 5.30pm: Numbers are weapons – a self defence guide by Tim Harford, presenter of Radio 4′s ‘More or Less’ – a programme commended three years running for excellence in journalism

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MRC/University of Glasgow Centre for Virus Research

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Glasgow Science Festival, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, G12 8QQ

Come and find out about the major discoveries and events in virus research over the last 100 years. Beginning with the Spanish Flu in 1918, we interweave landmark discoveries in virology with significant virus outbreaks and viral events, highlighting along the way the contributions made by Scottish researchers and doctors. • ‘Meet the expert’ drop-in

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MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit at Pride

, 13:00 - 17:00.

Teviot Row House, Bristo Square, 13 Teviot Place, Edinburgh, EH8 9AJ

Sexual Health at Pride We’ll be giving out info on the research that gay and bisexual men on the Edinburgh and Glasgow scenes have been helping us with since 1996. You’ll also be able to take part in our interactive quiz to find out how much you know about gay men and sex, and to

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MRC Centre for Transplantation

, 10:00 - 17:00.

Anatomy Museum & Lecture Theatre, King’s Building, King’s College London, Strand Campus, London, WC2R 2LS

The science of transplantation explored through a mixture of film footage, animations, interactive touch screens and 3d models. Our five multimedia galleries explain: • History: success stories from science pioneers and Nobel Prize winners show the contribution made by MRC research and the connection between MRC discoveries and the treatment of transplant patients. • Extending

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MRC Lifecourse Epidemiology Unit

, 18:30 - .

Turner Sims Concert Hall, Salisbury Road, Southampton, SO17 1BJ

Join the MRC Lifecourse Epidemiology Unit for a review and celebration of their major research discoveries, both in Southampton and nationwide, and a FREE ‘Question Time’ debate on hot topics in medicine.

MRC Centre for Neuropsychiatric Genetics and Genomics

, 18:30 - TBC.

Julian Hodge Lecture Theatre, Julian Hodge Building, Colum Drive, Cardiff, CF10 3EU

A public talk celebrating the successes of the MRC Centre for Neuropsychiatric Genetics and Genomics over the last 23 years with Professor Mike Owen and other scientists at the centre. Visitors can explore a host of stalls showcasing the work and achievements of our research.

Research Complex at Harwell

, 15:00 - 18:00.

The Research Complex at Harwell, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Harwell Science and Innovation Campus, Didcot, OX11 0FA

At the Research Complex at Harwell (RCaH), investigations cover a wide range of subjects, from engineering and physics to biology and medicine. Scientists from completely different areas work together, making RCaH a unique environment to solve complex problems. • Take a tour of the labs with our research and see the multi-disciplinary nature of the

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MRC Centre for Drug Safety Science

, 17:00 - TBC.

Victoria Gallery and Museum, Brownlow Hill, Liverpool, L69 3DR

A series of public exhibitions, talks and films at the historic Victoria Gallery and Museum. Scientists will be on hand to demonstrate the global impact of medical research in areas such as ageing, arthritis, drug safety science, genomics research and personalised medicine. Find out more about the role of medical science in society and how

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MRC Cancer Cell Unit

, 12:00 - TBC.

MRC Cancer Cell Unit, Hutchison/MRC Research Centre, Hills Road, Cambridge, CB2 0XZ

Cancer Research – from bench to bedside: Find out more about how our research moves from bench to bedside, try some experiments and speak to our scientists about their work. This event is aimed at an invited audience of school students, but if you would like to attend please contact us.

MRC Mitochondrial Biology Unit

, 10:00 - 18:00.

MRC Mitochondrial Biology Unit, Wellcome Trust/MRC Building, Hills Road, Cambridge, CB2 0XY

How do we get energy out of food? Come and find out with our exhibition, films and interactive activities all about mitochondria. • Where are mitochondria? Watch a demonstration on live mitochondria. • How do mitochondia work? Our Lego model and posters will explain all. • What happens to food? See a short film all

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MRC Centre for Transplantation

, 18:30 - 19:30.

Anatomy Museum & Lecture Theatre, King’s Building, King’s College London, Strand Campus, London, WC2R 2LS

Following on from the exhibition, The Science of Transplantation, this evening debate will explore and discuss the issues surrounding the topic. Followed by a drinks reception.

Scottish Collaboration for Public Health Research and Policy

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Glasgow Science Centre, 50 Pacific Quay, Glasgow, G12 8QQ

‘Throughout life’ is a roadshow event with activities suitable for people at all stages in life, from small children to teenagers, adults and older adults. Through striking, thought-provoking images, our billboard project describes research into social and public health, and raises questions about health during the different stages of life. The billboards have a QR

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MRC Biostatistics Unit

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MRC Biostatistics Unit, Institute of Public Health, University Forvie Site, Robinson Way, CB2 0SR

Discover the history, pioneers and discoveries of the MRC Biostatistics Unit at our Open Day, with café scientifique discussions and displays. Visit our website for more details: www.mrc-bsu.cam.ac.uk  

MRC & Asthma UK Centre in Allergic Mechanisms of Asthma

, 12:00 - 18:00.

Southbank, Observation Point, London, SE1 9LT

The MRC & Asthma UK Centre in Allergic Mechanisms of Asthma will host a public event to celebrate major advances in asthma and allergy research and to highlight on-going areas of research in this field. It is an opportunity for the general public to meet the scientists, from PhD students to Professors, involved in asthma

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MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit Health in the Media

, 19:00 - 21:00.

The Curler’s Rest, 256-260 Byres Road, Glasgow, G12 8SH

As part of the Medical Research Council’s Centenary Year Celebrations join researchers from the Social and Public Health Sciences Unit for a discussion about health and sexual health in the media. Hear about our research in this area and join in with the Q&A session.

MRC Institute of Hearing Research

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Broadmarsh Shopping Centre, Lister Gate, Nottingham, NG1 7LL

Come and meet researchers from the MRC Institute of Hearing Research, find out how hearing works and learn more about the research we do.

MRC/University of Sussex Centre in Genome Damage and Stability

, 12:00 - 17:00.

Fulton Building, Sussex House, Southern Ring Road, Brighton, BN1 9RH

A talk about the MRC/University of Sussex Centre in Genome Damage and Stability explaining its role, funding and careers, incorporating seven themes that surround our research: crystallography and drug discovery, human genetic disease, DNA, cell biology, microscopy, model organisms and cancer. There will also be an art exhibition showcasing work from internationally renowned artists inspired

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MRC/University of Sussex Centre in Genome Damage and Stability

, 18:00 - 21:30.

Fulton Building, Sussex House, Southern Ring Road, Brighton, BN1 9RH

A series of talks describing research into DNA damage and genome stability and how this helps our understanding of rare genetic diseases and cancer, followed by a short debate with questions from the audience. Topics addressed will be: • How do cells grow and divide, and what happens when this goes wrong? • How do

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MRC Centenary open day on obesity and diabetes

, 13:00 - 16:00.

MRC Metabolic Diseases Unit, Level 4, Wellcome Trust-MRC Institute of Metabolic Science, Addenbrooke's Hospital, CB2 0QQ

Why do we choose to eat the food we do? Why is it unhealthy to have too much fat – or too little? How does early environment affect health later in life? Explore these questions and many others in talks, lab tours and hands-on activities and learn about the latest research into the causes and

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MRC Molecular Haematology Unit

, 10:00 - 16:00.

Bonn Square, Oxford, OX1 1EU

An MRC Centenary mini-science festival in Oxford city centre. Meet scientists from the Medical Research Council and other research organisations and charities, and try out hands-on activities for all the family. Organised and delivered with Science Oxford.

MRC Human Immunology Unit

, 10:00 - 16:00.

Bonn Square, Oxford, OX1 1EU

An MRC Centenary mini-science festival in Oxford city centre. Meet scientists from the Medical Research Council and other research organisations and charities, and try out hands-on activities for all the family. Organised and delivered with Science Oxford.

MRC Functional Genomics Unit

, 10:00 - 16:00.

Bonn Square, Oxford, OX1 1EU

An MRC Centenary mini-science festival in Oxford city centre. Meet scientists from the Medical Research Council and other research organisations and charities, and try out hands-on activities for all the family. Organised and delivered with Science Oxford.

MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit

, 10:00 - 16:00.

MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit, 15 Chaucer Road, Cambridge, CB2 7EF

Open house at our world leading research institute – talks, experiments and exhibitions – find out more about the brain and mind and meet the scientists doing the research.

Centre for Brain Ageing and Vitality

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International Centre for Life, Times Square, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 4EP

An exciting opportunity to take part in a range of fun activities in the Centre for Life. Visit the ‘MoveLab’ with exercise equipment and activity monitors where the team will show you how exercise research data is gathered and interpreted, and assess your activity level doing simple exercises. Have your body composition assessed and find

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MRC Epidemiology Unit

, 13:00 - 16:00.

MRC Epidemiology Unit, Institute of Metabolic Science, Addenbrooke's Treatment Centre, Hills Road, Cambridge, CB2 0SL

What is epidemiology? Find out how we use information from thousands of volunteers to investigate the causes of obesity and diabetes, from genetics and family history to lifestyle factors such as physical activity and diet. Experience what it’s like to be a volunteer and learn about your own body composition and activity levels.

MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology

, 10:30 - 16:30.

MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Francis Crick Avenue, Cambridge Biomedical Campus, Cambridge, CB2 0QH

Visit the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, one of the world’s leading research institutes. See displays about the LMB’s work, take a guided tour of the building, talk to scientists and support staff, and learn more about molecular biology by taking part in a range of fun, family-friendly, hands-on activities. Find out more at: http://mrc.io/lmbopenday2013

MRC Anatomical Neuropharmacology Unit

, 10:00 - 16:00.

MRC Anatomical Neuropharmacology Unit, Bonn Square, Oxford, OX1 1EU

An MRC Centenary mini-science festival in Oxford city centre. Meet scientists from the Medical Research Council and other research organisations and charities, and try out hands-on activities for all the family. Organised and delivered with Science Oxford.

MRC/University of Bristol Centenary Showcase

, 10:00 - 16:00.

School of Medical Sciences, University Walk, Bristol, BS8 1TD

Showcasing research from MRC researchers at the University of Bristol and ALSPAC, this Open Day offers hands-on activities and interactive exhibits such as DNA extraction and films of laboratories in action. Researchers will be available to talk with visitors about their areas of science, and to guide lab tours. (held at various locations across the

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MRC Toxicology Unit

, 10:00 - 15:30.

MRC Toxicology Unit, Hodgkin Building, Lancaster Road, Leicester, LE1 7HB

The event will be opened at 10.00 in a marquee in our grounds where a choir from St John the Baptist school, with some members of staff from the MRC will sing a song composed by the Royal Composer, Andrew Gant, called ‘What will you do to change the world?”. Activities include: Ballet The MRC

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MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit at Glasgow Science Centre

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Glasgow Science Centre, 50 Pacific Quay, Glasgow, G51 1RA

We are running a series of activities at Glasgow Science Centre to showcase some of Social and Public Health Sciences Unit’s research. Bring the family along so they can play the Health and the City game (ages 7-12), join in a workshop to develop a health app (teenagers) and there will activities for adults to take

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MRC Centre for Regenerative Medicine at The University of Edinburgh

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MRC Centre for Regenerative Medicine, SCRM Building, The University of Edinburgh, 5 Little France Drive, EH16 4UU

Members of our local community are invited to an evening event at the new Scottish Centre for Regenerative Medicine, as part of the MRC Centenary Open Week. After a short introduction, visitors can take a tour of the building and watch a screening of our latest stem cell documentary, ‘Stem Cell Revolutions’.

MRC/University of Edinburgh Centre for Inflammation Research

, 20:00 - Late.

The Stand Comedy Club, 5 York Place, Edinburgh, EH1 3EB

A ‘Bright Club’ stand-up comedy night with informative, interesting and amusing performances from MRC researchers, plus a professional headline act. Bright Club is an established organisation with an excellent track record of running successful comedy nights. The evening gets going with a short (science) quiz and the winning team, announced at the end of the

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MRC Human Nutrition Research

, 15:00 - 19:00.

MRC Human Nutrition Research, Elsie Widdowson Laboratory, 120 Fulbourn Road, Cambridge, CB1 9NL

Tour the UK’s largest nutrition research unit and find out about the different ways we study nutrition research – from volunteer studies to high-tech laboratories. There will be tours of our facilities (book in advance on 01223 426356), a chance to measure your muscle power and body fat composition, and fun nutrition related activities for

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MRC Centre for Developmental Neurobiology

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Inigo Rooms, East Wing Somerset House, Strand, London, WC2R 1LA

Photo51 is a unique experience that invites the public into a historically charged moment in the DNA story to witness its impact on contemporary science and the future of biomedical research. Developed around the labs where Rosalind Franklin captured the critical photograph of DNA in 1953, the exhibition uses installation, photography, archive material, science demonstrations

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MRC Centre for Reproductive Health/ MRC/University of Edinburgh Centre for Inflammation Research

, 20:00 - Late.

The Stand Comedy Club, 5 York Place, Edinburgh, EH1 3EB

A ‘Bright Club’ stand-up comedy night with informative, interesting and amusing performances from MRC researchers, plus a professional headline act. Bright Club is an established organisation with an excellent track record of running successful comedy nights. The evening gets going with a short (science) quiz and the winning team, announced at the end of the

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MRC Institute of Hearing Research

, 10:00 - 16:00.

Eye Ear Nose and Throat Department, Level A Entrance, Queen’s Medical Centre, Nottingham , NG7 2UH

Come and meet researchers from the MRC Institute of Hearing Research, find out how hearing works and learn more about the research we do.    

MRC-PHE Centre for Environment & Health

, 07:00 - 19:00.

Paddington Station, Paddington, London, W2 1HQ

Come along to Paddington station to meet the scientists from the MRC-PHE Centre for Environment & Health, all day on the main concourse. Activities will include, live participation in research, art-science demonstrations, games, and the opportunity to chat with scientists who work on all aspects of environment and health  related research.

MRC Social, Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry Centre

, 09:00 - 17:00.

MRC Social Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry Centre, Institute of Psychiatry, De Crespigny Park (walk up Memory Lane), Denmark Hill, London, SE5 8AF

This open house event offers interactions with scientists and equipment, a series of exhibits and a film premiere, and also features: • Scientist Safari, where you can meet working scientists. • Interactive screens showcasing our work and research projects, and its relevance to everyday lives. • Exhibits explaining twin studies – illustrated by a pair

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Centre for Cognitive Ageing and Cognitive Epidemiology

, 12:00 - 16:00.

Department of Psychology, University of Edinburgh, 7 George Square, Edinburgh, EH8 9JZ

Staying Sharp: Healthy Brains at 100? People are living longer: children born today have a 30% chance of living to 100, but how will their brains hold up? As we get older, some of our thinking skills change, typically for the worse. Some people’s brains and thinking skills, however, age better than others and researchers

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MRC Centre for Cognitive Ageing and Cognitive Epidemiology

, 18:00 - 20:00.

George Square Theatre, University of Edinburgh, George Square/Buccleuch Place, Edinburgh, EH8 9LH

Staying Sharp: Healthy Brains at 100? People are living longer: children born today have a 30% chance of living to 100, but how will their brains hold up? As we get older, some of our thinking skills change, typically for the worse. Some people’s brains and thinking skills, however, age better than others and researchers

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MRC Institute of Genetics and Molecular Medicine

, 18:30 - 20:00.

Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, 20A Inverleith Row, Edinburgh, EH3 5LR

Genetics – the new fortune telling? Within the next decade or so, it will be feasible and affordable to decode the genetic information of every one of us; that is, to completely sequence our DNA. What are we likely to learn from the DNA sequence about our biology and our risk of particular diseases? How

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MRC Centre of Epidemiology for Child Health

, 11:00 - 17:00.

Wilkins Building (off UCL front Quadrangle), University College London, Gower Street, London, WC1E 6BT

A family fun day for all ages, with interactive exhibits, lab tours, talks, workshops and games. Throughout the day, visitors can enjoy stalls and exhibits in the UCL cloisters and roof garden, and younger visitors can take part in a treasure hunt. • The MRC/UCL Centre for Medical Molecular Virology will run science workshops offering

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MRC International Nutrition Group

, 11:00 - 17:00.

Wilkins Building (off UCL front Quadrangle), University College London, Gower Street, London, WC1E 6BT

A family fun day for all ages, with interactive exhibits, lab tours, talks, workshops and games. Throughout the day, visitors can enjoy stalls and exhibits in the UCL cloisters and roof garden, and younger visitors can take part in a treasure hunt. • The MRC/UCL Centre for Medical Molecular Virology will run science workshops offering

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MRC Laboratory for Molecular Cell Biology and MRC Cell Biology Unit

, 11:00 - 17:00.

Wilkins Building (off UCL front Quadrangle), University College London, Gower Street, London, WC1E 6BT

A family fun day for all ages, with interactive exhibits, lab tours, talks, workshops and games. Throughout the day, visitors can enjoy stalls and exhibits in the UCL cloisters and roof garden, and younger visitors can take part in a treasure hunt. • The MRC/UCL Centre for Medical Molecular Virology will run science workshops offering

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MRC Unit for Lifelong Health and Ageing

, 11:00 - 17:00.

Wilkins Building (off UCL front Quadrangle), University College London, Gower Street, London, WC1E 6BT

A family fun day for all ages, with interactive exhibits, lab tours, talks, workshops and games. Throughout the day, visitors can enjoy stalls and exhibits in the UCL cloisters and roof garden, and younger visitors can take part in a treasure hunt. • The MRC/UCL Centre for Medical Molecular Virology will run science workshops offering

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MRC/University College London Centre for Medical Molecular Virology

, 11:00 - 17:00.

Wilkins Building (off UCL front Quadrangle), University College London, Gower Street, London, WC1E 6BT

A family fun day for all ages, with interactive exhibits, lab tours, talks, workshops and games. Throughout the day, visitors can enjoy stalls and exhibits in the UCL cloisters and roof garden, and younger visitors can take part in a treasure hunt. • The MRC/UCL Centre for Medical Molecular Virology will run science workshops offering

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MRC Mary Lyon Centre

, 14:00 - 18:00.

MRC Harwell, Harwell Science and Innovation Campus, Oxfordshire, OX11 0RD

Open day at MRC Harwell, with a science fair for all ages. A day where we will mix education and having fun for all ages. • Hands-on stalls with science-based activities such as DNA extraction, finger puppet making, cell building with air dough and human body t-shirt painting. • Face-painting and other craft activities based

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MRC Mammalian Genetics Unit

, 14:00 - 18:00.

MRC Harwell, Harwell Science and Innovation Campus, Oxfordshire, OX11 0RD

Open day at MRC Harwell, with a science fair for all ages. A day where we will mix education and having fun for all ages. • Hands-on stalls with science-based activities such as DNA extraction, finger puppet making, cell building with air dough and human body t-shirt painting. • Face-painting and other craft activities based

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MRC Centre for Molecular Bacteriology and Infection

, 10:00 - 17:00.

Imperial College London, Flowers Building, South Kensington Campus, London , SW7 2AZ

The MRC CMBI studies molecular mechanisms underlying bacterial pathogenesis and host resistance, in order to combat antibiotic resistance, create new antibiotics and develop effective vaccines. Visitors to the open day will be able to find out the ‘Ten things you didn’t know about bacteria’, the ‘Importance and relevance of basic bacteriology research’ and ‘How bacteria

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