Focused Meeting: British Yeast Group: Embracing Variation

On 27-29 June, the Microbiology Society will be hosting the British Yeast Group Focused Meeting: Embracing Variation at the University of Leicester. 

Here, we spoke with the meeting organisers Ed Louis, Steven Foster and Kayoko Tanaka about what they are looking forward to at the meeting and why it is such an interesting topic. 

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Using animals in biomedical research: Why education holds the key

Animal (or in vivo) experiments play an important role in biomedical research. They are essential to support the development of innovative medicines which can ultimately improve human and animal health.

But for these studies to be scientifically valid, laboratory animals must be used appropriately by researchers. Similarly, researchers must be able to meaningfully interpret and critique published data, discriminating between well-designed and flawed in vivo experiments. Improving this knowledge base within the biomedical workforce improves reproducibility of research which in turn supports biomedical innovation.

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New to Science: June 2018

Each month, the Microbiology Society publishes the International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology (IJSEM), which details newly discovered species of bacteria, archaea, microfungi, microalgae and protists. Here are a few of the new species that have been discovered and the places they’ve been found. 

Two new species of yeast Starmerella reginensis and Starmerella kourouensis have been isolated from hibiscus flowers by researchers. The flowers were collected from two towns in French Guiana. Meanwhile, in California, three new species of Lactobacilli have been isolated from wild bees and wildflowers. Lactobacillus micheneri, Lactobacillus timberlakei and Lactobacillus queniae were all named after prominent bee-researchers and may play a role in helping bees nourish their offspring.

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Using yeast to produce a better polio vaccine

On 14-15 June, the Early Careers Microbiologists’ Forum Conference will be held at the University of Birmingham. The Conference will give Early Career Microbiologists the opportunity to present their research, network and attend professional development sessions.

 Lee Sherry provides some background of his work developing novel polio vaccines, which he will present during his talk at the ECM Forum Conference.

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Microbiology Society Marjory Stephenson Prize 2018: Professor Geoffrey Smith


Geoff Smith headIn April at the Microbiology Society Annual Conference 2018, Professor Geoffrey Smith from the University of Cambridge was awarded the Marjory Stephenson Prize. He gave his talk on ‘Vaccinia Virus: a portrait of a poxvirus’. In this post, Alison Sinclair gives us an overview of the lecture, which you can watch below.

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Microbiology Society Fleming Prize 2018: Dr Sarah Coulthurst

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Dr Sarah Coulthurst is a Reader and Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellow at the University of Dundee, specialising in bacterial pathogens and protein secretion systems. In April, at the Microbiology Society Annual Conference 2018, she was awarded the Fleming Prize for the outstanding research conducted within 12 years of receiving her PhD.

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