UWE OPENS THE GENOMICS RESEARCH INTITUTE

Issue date: 15 September 2003


ISSUE DATE: 15/09/03

17 September 2003 at 4pm, Faculty of Applied Sciences

The UWE Bristol Genomics Research Institute will be officially opened by Professor Julia Goodfellow, Chief Executive of the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) at a special event in the Faculty of Applied Sciences, University of the West of England, on 17 September 2003 at 4.00pm.

Professor Wendy Purcell, Dean of the Faculty of Applied Sciences said, "This new facility represents UWE's first Research Institute and brings together three established University Research Centres. It is a major addition to the research facilities for the Faculty at UWE. The new laboratories and state-of-the-art equipment place UWE as a leading institution in terms of post-genomics research. The new Institute has already served to attract new staff and grants to the university. It offers significant opportunities to secure prestigious research grants and supports the development of genomics research at UWE to an international level."

The research portfolio of the Institute includes projects in molecular biomedicine and molecular plant science and work is supported by grants from, amongst others, the BBSRC, Department of Environment - Food and Rural Affairs, The Leverhulme Trust, the National Blood Service and the International Association for Cancer Research.

New equipment for post-genomics research housed in the Institute includes a microarray gridder and scanner for transcriptomics and DNA microarray research and electrophoresis, imaging and mass spectrometry instrumentation for proteomics research. There are also new molecular biology laboratories, a bioinformatics suite, conference room and office accommodation for PhD students and staff.

The launch event will include short talks by Steve Neill, Professor in Molecular Plant Science, and Neil Avent, Professor in Molecular Biomedicine about the exciting work ongoing and planned in the Institute. The launch event will showcase the Faculty of Applied Sciences research on molecular diagnostics, the genetic basis of cancer and plant science to invited VIP guests who include local MPs, industry sponsors and collaborators from other UK universities and research charities.

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Editor’s notes

Professor Julia Goodfellow is a past Vice-Master and Head of the School of Crystallography at Birbeck College, University of London. She is the first woman to head the BBSRC. Her research interests include the use of computer simulation techniques to study the structure and function of large molecules. Professor Goodfellow’s highly regarded research group is studying the properties of proteins implicated in the onset of disease.

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