At the Open European Peroxisome Meeting 2018 in Groningen, Netherlands, Joe was awarded the Peroxisome Research Award for the best paper published between September 2016 and September 2018. The winning paper was "ACBD5 and VAPB mediate membrane associations between peroxisomes and the ER", highlighting the growing importance of investigating the role of organelle interaction and membrane contact sites in peroxisome research. Congratulations!
The Open European Peroxisome Meeting (OEPM) 2018 took place in Groningen, The Netherlands 25th-26th October. OEPM is an exciting chance for PhD Students and Post-Docs to present their data to an international audience. Joe and Josiah's abstracts were both chosen to present talks, and Maki and Suzan presented posters. A broad range of areas of peroxisome biology were represented and we all received valuable feedback and input into our work, as well having a great time!
Josiah has generously recieved funding from Zellweger UK, a charity dedicated to helping families affected by peroxisome disorders, and raising awareness of peroxisome research. He has also recieved funding from The Sidney Perry Foundation, aiming "to assist persons to obtain education in its widest sense". These generous contributions will enable him to continue his work, and we are extremely grateful to both charities.
Click the banners below to learn more about these charities.
Our new PERICO Network (Peroxisome Interactions and Communication) was featured on the University of Exeter Research News section. PERICO is a multi-partner Innovative Training Network (ITN) under the European Union programme Horizon 2020 with a total budget of 3.9 Million euros. We will be taking on two PhD students.
For the press release, click here.
Scientia has published an excellent overview of our current work and research interest, including the importance of what we do, and the direction we would like to take in the future.
Scientia article (also below).
Exe-BioCon 2018, a student-led conference to highlight research and inspire collaborations within the department took place on the 13th April 2018. Our group presented two posters, from Alexa Bishop and Josiah Passmore, showcasing their research. Josiah's poster won the "Best in Show" award for the poster "Modelling Peroxisomal Dynamics in Health and Disease".
March 12th - 18th 2018 was the New Horizons in Peroxisome Biology 2018, held at the Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel. Top peroxisome researchers from around the world convened to discuss the future of peroxisome biology.
Suzan Kors, our ERASMUS Masters student from the University of Amsterdam, has been accepted into the GW4 BioMed MRC Doctoral Training Partnership PhD programme.
Suzan will be working with us on "Unveiling Novel Links Between Organelle Cooperation, Lipid Metabolism and Neuronal Function in Health and Disease", starting in September 2018.
Our recently published article in Traffic, "A role for Mitochondrial Rho GTPase 1 (MIRO1) in motility and membrane dynamics of peroxisomes" was featured in the Research News section of the University of Exeter website.
For the press release, click here.
On the 23rd November 2017, Natasha Anderson-Hunt led a patient-centered session to around 70 students on the Cell Biology of Disease module, and also had a tour of our lab. She talked about the Zellweger UK team, and gave us an insight into the life of someone with a peroxisomal disorder (her son Cameron). We are extremely grateful to Natasha for coming and the visit was such a success that hopefully it will remain a part of the module, increasing awareness and showing us how science can have a real impact on people's lives.
Click here to read Natasha's comments on the day and what she thought about the visit.
Click here for the Zellweger UK Facebook page.