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May 24, 2021
Each year, the Microbiology Society awards five Prize Lectures in recognition of significant contributions to microbiology. The awards celebrate the outstanding applications of microbiology to research, education and translation and all members are invited to nominate an outstanding microbiologist for a Microbiology Society Prize. We got in touch with former Prize Medal winner, Professor Sir David Baulcombe, University of Cambridge, to ask a few questions about his award and how this has impacted his research and work since.
May 14, 2021
Each year, the Microbiology Society awards five Prize Lectures in recognition of significant contributions to microbiology. The awards celebrate the outstanding applications of microbiology to research, education and translation and all members are invited to nominate an outstanding microbiologist for a Microbiology Society Prize. We got in touch with former Peter Wildy Prize winner, Professor Stephen Curry, Imperial College London, to ask a few questions about his award and how this has impacted his research and work since.
May 7, 2021
At the Microbiology Society's Annual Conference Online 2021, Danielle Nader, PhD Student at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RSCI), presented her findings that a new drug target could protect against vascular damage in Covid-19 patients. Find out more about Danielle's research in this blog.
January 12, 2021
Continuing the ‘Keeping up with virus taxonomy’ blog series, in this post we look at the viruses that infect fungi, bacteria and archaea.
November 13, 2020
In this blog, Professor Ruth Itzhaki discusses her research into the virus that causes cold sores – Herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV1). Professor Itzhaki has been investigating the possible links between HSV1 and Alzheimer’s disease for many years. Early in her career, many of her findings were widely rejected by the scientific community, leading to challenges in funding and delays to important research.
August 21, 2020
Last month, on 29 July, the Microbiology Society hosted a one day online workshop to support ongoing and future research around the pandemic. It was a fantastic event, headed by an organising committee of Professor Peter O’Hare, Professor Mark Harris, Professor Paul Kellam, Dr Steve Griffin and Dr Lindsay Broadbent. In this episode, Laura speaks with Lindsay, Steve and Peter about the day and how, going forward, we hope to continue to support the microbiology community in tackling the pandemic.
July 6, 2020
There are currently two viruses causing death and destroying lives around the world: one is coronavirus, the other is discrimination. In a previous blog on Microbe Post, featuring my Ted X Talk, I spoke in general about the similarities between viruses and discrimination: neither can be seen with the naked eye yet victims recognise how they sound and feel – they experience the results of the infection; both are highly infectious and can pass from one person to another rapidly, often without recipients being aware that they have been infected; and both can maim and kill, having the potential to affect the life of a victim every day for a lifetime. I also identified the public health strategy to ‘break the chain of infection’ as an approach that could be adopted to effectively tackle discrimination. In this blog, I will develop those ideas focusing on racism and COVID-19 in particular.
June 24, 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic has brought awareness of virology into the public eye in a way that has never been done before. The discussion of virology in the media isn’t going away anytime soon, and as the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic continues to be discussed in greater and more complex detail on the news, microbiologists are fielding increasingly complex questions from friends and family. Dr Lucy Thorne, Research Fellow at University College London (UCL) has produced a helpful FAQ’s list to support those who want to better understand some of the terms used by politicians and in the media, what SARS-CoV-2 is, and the measures being developed to control the pandemic.