Membrane Protein Laboratory Group at Research Complex wins funding for five years

20 Oct 2021

The Membrane Protein Laboratory (MPL), led by Dr. Andrew Quigley at Diamond Light Source and located at Research Complex at Harwell, has won 1.5M of Wellcome Trust funding to support their research for a further five years. The MPL is one of Diamond’s integrated user facilities, whose focus is to understand the structure of membrane…

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Research Complex welcomes Etcembly

06 Oct 2021

Research Complex at Harwell is delighted to welcome Etcembly, a company assembling the world’s largest immune database. Etcembly is delivering novel solutions to diseases through the synergy of empirical validation and informatics. Its mission is to revolutionise immunotherapy by building a pioneering machine learning platform (EMLy™) to make in silico TCR based drug design a…

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Engineering phase completes as Artemis moves to Research Complex

29 Sep 2021

On Friday 17th September, the Research Complex at Harwell was proud to support a major milestone for the Artemis Laser Facility, when the engineering phase of their upgrade project was officially completed. This momentous occasion was celebrated with food, drinks, tours, and a ceremonial ribbon cutting by Prof. John Collier. The commemoration marked an exciting…

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Applications for Women in Innovation Awards now open

02 Sep 2021

Innovate UK have announced that nominations are now open for the Women in Innovation Awards with at least 20 monetary prizes available. Each winner will receive a £50,000 grant and a bespoke package of mentoring, coaching and business support. Projects must start on 1 April 2022 and will last for one year. The aim of…

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New research platform aims to transform scientific publishing

16 Aug 2021

Research England has announced funding of £650,000 to help build a new global platform for scholarly communication where research will be published as it occurs. The platform, to be called Octopus, is aimed to transform the publication of scientific research into eight elements, unlike a traditional journal article, with free access for all. The eight…

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Survey reveals effects of COVID-19 pandemic on researchers’ mental health and career prospects

09 Aug 2021

A survey funded by UKRI and carried out by the Careers Research and Advisory Centre has revealed the impacts of COVID-19 on researchers. The survey which was conducted in March and April was responded to by staff who had returned to pre-COVID-19 working hours. Despite this working change, the results reveal that the pandemic was…

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Unveiling the structural secrets of COVID-19

06 Aug 2021

Research Complex at Harwell provides support in identifying the replication cycle of COVID-19 Research conducted by Central Laser Facility, Diamond Light Source and the Universities of Pittsburgh, Oxford, and Cambridge has examined how the COVID-19 virus reproduces. This study, published in Nature Communications, is the first to examine how the virus’s replication cycle is structured…

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Research Complex and Diamond Light Source Achieve Efficient Fragment Screening at XChem Facility

19 Jul 2021

Fragment-Based Drug Discovery (FBDD) is a commonly used strategy for finding lead compounds as part of the drug discovery process. Since its emergence 25 years ago, it has delivered five drugs for clinical use and more than 40 molecules have been advanced to clinical trials. Fragments are small chemical entities usually with a molecular weight…

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Applications open today for new UKRI funding model

06 Jul 2021

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) has announced that applications are open from today for a new funding model for universities and institutions to help maximise the impact of their research. The new Impact Acceleration Account (IAA) model has a single application and focuses on reporting and monitoring  to improve strategic planning. ‘The model is in…

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UKRI celebrates Pride Month

29 Jun 2021

June is Pride Month, an annual event celebrating LGBTQ+ communities around the globe. Pride Month marks years of struggle for civil rights and highlights the ongoing pursuit of equality for the LGBTQ+ community. It also recognises the accomplishments and influence of LGBTQ+ people around the world. Promoting equality, diversity and inclusion is at the heart…

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