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Dear City of London Centre member,

We are delighted to share our new newsletter. Hope you are preparing for the Jubilee week!

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Funding callsNews | Seminars and Events |  Outreach
Funding Calls
Development Funds
The annual City of London Centre Development Fund provides short-term, pump-priming funding to support innovative research projects and inspirational, proof-of-concept cancer research. The scheme offers funds for up to five £25,000 awards per year.
The next development fund call has already opened. More information on the process and application form can be found here
Deadline for applications will be 4th July 2022
For general enquiries regarding the programme please email:

Crick group leaders Simon Boulton, Alex Gould and Carola Vinuesa have been elected as Fellows of the Royal Society in recognition of their outstanding contributions to science.

The Royal Society is a self-governing Fellowship of scientists, engineers and experts in technology from the UK and the Commonwealth. Each year, up to 52 Fellows and 10 Foreign Members are elected to join the society.

Paul Nurse, director of the Crick, says: “Congratulations to Carola, Alex and Simon for being elected to the Royal Society, one of the most prestigious scientific communities in the world. It is well deserved recognition for their many career successes and research excellence.”

Simon Boulton is a leading researcher in the field of DNA repair. Over the years, Simon's lab has discovered novel DNA repair genes and provided molecular insights into human diseases including cancer. His team is particularly interested in double-strand break repair, which happens when the DNA molecule has been completely snapped in two. As a result of his ground-breaking work, in 2016, Simon helped to establish Artios Pharma Ltd, a company focused on developing innovative DNA Damage Response cancer therapies. 

Congratulations to Professor Sam Janes (Respiratory Medicine) and Professor Hugh Montgomery (Experimental and Translational Medicine), who have been elected as Academy of Medical Sciences Fellows

Professor Sam Janes (UCL Medicine) Professor Janes specialises in respiratory medicine and leads UCL Respiratory, also working in UCLH’s lung cancer team as Consultant in Respiratory Medicine. He is interested in lung cancer pathogenesis and runs several clinical trials aiming to detected lung cancer earlier, including the largest-ever UK lung cancer screening study.

Professor Hugh Montgomery (UCL Medicine) Professor Montgomery, OBE, is Professor of Intensive Care Medicine at UCL and Director of the UCL Centre for Human Health and Performance, as well as Consultant Intensivist at Whittington Hospital. In addition to his research improving intensive care practices, he has research interests into environmental impacts on health, as he co-chairs the international Lancet Countdown, which tracks how climate change is affecting human health.

REF results

2021 REF results have been announced and we are pleased to announce that QMUL, UCL, and King's are within the top 10 best research-intensive universities in the UK.

Toothbrushes and ctDNA: Exciting early detection concepts from new teams formed at our sandpit workshops

CRUK has announced that together with the Medical Research Council and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, they are investing up to £920,000 over 18 months into four new research projects to drive forward early detection and diagnosis research. The multidisciplinary teams of GPs, clinicians, cancer biologists, engineers, chemists, and computational scientists will each receive up to £230,000 in seed funding to conduct pilot and feasibility work Find out more

Do not forget to check out updated website for more news and information!
Seminars and events 
Tuesday 7 June, 15:00-16:00 
Please join us for the next cancer behavioural science webinar hosted by the CRUK City of London Centre and the UK Society for Behavioural Medicine: 
Professor Katie Robb – Achieving solutions to inequalities in cancer screening 
Katie Robb is Professor of Behavioural Science and Health at the University of Glasgow 
Free registration here.
For more information, please contact Dr Jo Waller:

20 June 2022, 1pm-2pm
Professor Janko Nikolich- Žugich
“De novo immune responses to microbial pathogens with ageing: mice, men, SARS-CoV-2 and some surprising turns”.
This seminar will take place in Second Floor Seminar Room of the UCL Rayne Buiding

Monday 27th June 2022 - 1pm  
Speaker: Marc-Olivier Coppens (UCL, Chemical Engineering) 
Title: "Leveraging Nature’s Mechanisms to Accelerate Innovation and Design Solutions to our Grand Challenges"
Host: Sophie Acton  
Hybrid: LMCB Seminar Room and Online on MS Teams

Crick Institute Seminars

Wednesday 01 June 2022 @17.30, GMT, British Summer Time (London time). 
Dr Emily Saunderson, Post-doc Research Fellow, Ficz Lab, Barts Cancer Centre, Queen Mary University, London.
Title: Dual epigenetic and genetic editing of primary human haematopoietic stem and progenitor cells. 
Dr Marc Amoyel, Group Leader, Div of Biosciences, University College London, London.
Title: Coordinating cell identity and cell cycle state in the Drosophila testis stem cell niche. 
There will be snacks and drinks after the meeting, and also the perfect time to network with colleagues and both speakers.  
Details for joining the online webinar 
Please click here to join.
Meeting ID: 64275324274
Password: 627065
 Please Note: If you are an external attendee (Non-Crick), please click on “Join Meeting as Attendee”.


The 5th meeting of the UCL Cross-Disciplinary Network on Soft Materials will take place on the 20th June 2022, featuring plenary talks by Rachel Armstrong (Regenerative Architecture, KU Leuven) and Molly Stevens (Biomedical Materials, Imperial College London), a poster session, and a social event with jazz. This year, the event will be held at UCL Engineering (Roberts Building, Torrington Place, WC1E 7JE).

The aim of the event is to connect UCL researchers that are interested in soft materials, ranging from fundamental science to practical applications. We expect participants from across UCL, including the Faculties of Brain Sciences, Built Environment, Engineering Sciences, Life Sciences, Mathematical and Physical Sciences, and Medical Sciences. In previous years, we had around 150 participants signed up from 20 different departments and institutes across UCL.

Please, find the attached flyer and below the event programme for further information. Register until Tuesday 31st May by following this link:

The event is free thanks to the generous financial support of the MAPS and Engineering Faculties.

Outreach activities
Crick Institute - Discovery day!
Join us at the Crick on 11 June for a packed day of pop-up science fun! Show up when you like, stay for as long as you like.
Free admission, drop in any time.

From exciting experiments and hands-on activities, to explosive science shows and family fun…a world of discovery awaits.
  • Create your own fake poo
  • Become a maker and manipulate sound
  • Are you a ‘super-smeller’? Take the sniff challenge and find out!
  • Design your own take home DNA bracelets
  • Become a DNA detective for the day 
  • Meet our amazing scientists
Plus food, drink, talks and much more…
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