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Long list announced for the 2012 MRC Max Perutz Science Writing Award

5 Jul 2012

This year’s MRC Max Perutz Award received over a hundred fantastic entries and after much debate and deliberation 29 articles have been selected to form the 2012 long list.

The competition asked MRC researchers to answer the question ‘why does my research matter’ in no more than 800 words. We received entries from across the UK, spanning many areas of science. All entrants showed a real passion and enthusiasm for their research.

Those going forward to the next stage are:

Andrew Bastawrous, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Rodrigo Braga, MRC Clinical Sciences Centre

Vickie Braithwaite, MRC Human Nutrition Research

Hannah Buggey, The University of Manchester

Thomas Butts, MRC Centre for Developmental Neurobiology

Sarah Caddy, Imperial College London

Holly Barbara Callaghan, Imperial College London

David Connell, Imperial College London

David Ferland-McCollough, MRC Toxicology Unit

James Fuller, University of Southampton

Abigail Herrmann, University of Edinburgh

Emma Hill, MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit

Nicola Hodson, Cambridge Institute for Medical Research

Sara Jabbari, University of Nottingham

Victoria Jenkins, MRC Centre for Molecular Bacteriology and Infection

Diego Kaski, Imperial College London

Ben Martynoga, MRC National Institute for Medical Research

Marianne Neary, MRC National Institute for Medical Research

Sam Nightingale, University of Liverpool

Helen Nuttall, MRC Institute of Hearing Research

Emma Claire Palmer, Kings College London

Ketan Shah, Gray Institute for Radiation, Oncology and Biology – University of Oxford

Sarah Smith, Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute

Greg Weir, MRC Functional Genomics Unit

Toby Wells, MRC Institute of Hearing Research

Billy West, MRC Prion Unit

Ian Wilson, University of Liverpool

Kathryn Yates, MRC Institute of Hearing Research

Vicky Jane Young, MRC Centre for Reproductive Health

Well done to you all and thank you to everyone who took part this year. We will be announcing the 2012 short list in the coming weeks, and these will be judged by a distinguished panel including MRC Chief Executive Sir John Savill. The winner will be revealed at the Max Perutz Award Ceremony in central London on 12 September.

The MRC Max Perutz Award is now in its 15th year and encourages MRC-funded PhD students and early-career researchers to communicate their work to a wider audience. Since the competition started in 1998, hundreds of researches have submitted entries and taken their first steps in science communication.

The award is named in honour of one of the UK’s most outstanding scientists and communicators, Dr Max Perutz. Max, who died in 2002, was awarded the 1962 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his work using X-ray crystallography to study the structures of globular proteins. He was the founder and first chairman of the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge, the lab which unravelled the structure of DNA. Max was also a keen and talented communicator who inspired countless students to use everyday language to share their research with the people whose lives are improved by their work.


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