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Babraham Researchers Receive European Accolade

Two researchers from the Babraham Institute have been elected as members of the Academia Europaea, an international association of scientists and scholars with elected members selected from the whole European community across all academic disciplines. [caption id="attachment_891" align="alignleft" width="110"]Wolf Reik Wolf Reik[/caption] [caption id="attachment_892" align="alignright" width="110"]Peter Fraser Peter Fraser[/caption] Professor Wolf Reik (pictured left) – Head of Babraham’s Epigenetics Laboratory and Professor of Epigenetics at the University of Cambridge – and Dr Peter Fraser (pictured right), who heads the Laboratory of Nuclear Dynamics at Babraham, join the elite membership of around 2,300 academics from across the natural sciences, humanities and letters. Professor Michael Wakelam, Director of the Babraham Institute, which receives strategic funding from BBSRC, said, "We are delighted that the Academia Europaea has recognised Wolf and Peter's groundbreaking and far-reaching research, which is generating new knowledge of biological mechanisms underpinning ageing, development and the maintenance of health. Their studies, focused on understanding genome regulation and signalling within cells, are revealing how epigenetic signals can influence important physiological adaptations during the lifespan of an organism and an integrated understanding of the control of genome function in relation to health and ageing." Contact The Knowledge Exchange Office Email:  kec@babraham.ac.uk Tel:       +44 (0)1223 496206 The Babraham Institute Babraham Research Campus Cambridge CB22 3AT United Kingdom   Notes to Editors: The Babraham Institute The Babraham Institute, which receives strategic funding from the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), undertakes international quality life sciences research to generate new knowledge of biological mechanisms underpinning ageing, development and the maintenance of health. The institute received £22.4M investment from BBSRC in 2010-11. The Institute’s research provides greater understanding of the biological events that underlie the normal functions of cells and the implication of failure or abnormalities in these processes. Research focuses on signalling and genome regulation, particularly the interplay between the two and how epigenetic signals can influence important physiological adaptations during the lifespan of an organism. By determining how the body reacts to dietary and environmental stimuli and manages microbial and viral interactions, we aim to improve wellbeing and healthier ageing. (www.babraham.ac.uk) About BBSRC The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) invests in world-class bioscience research and training on behalf of the UK public. Our aim is to further scientific knowledge, to promote economic growth, wealth and job creation and to improve quality of life in the UK and beyond. Funded by Government, and with an annual budget of around £445M, we support research and training in universities and strategically funded institutes. BBSRC research and the people we fund are helping society to meet major challenges, including food security, green energy and healthier, longer lives. Our investments underpin important UK economic sectors, such as farming, food, industrial biotechnology and pharmaceuticals. For more information about BBSRC, our science and our impact see: www.bbsrc.ac.uk For more information about BBSRC strategically funded institutes see: www.bbsrc.ac.uk/institutes   The Academia Europaea The Academia Europaea is an international, non-governmental not-for-profit association of individual scientists and scholars. The Academy is pan-European, with elected members drawn from the whole European continent. Membership is currently in the region of 2,300 and covers the natural sciences, humanities and letters. The Academy was founded in 1988. Members are drawn from some 35 European countries and eight non-European countries. Members are grouped into 20 Academic Sections. The Academia Europaea organises workshops, conferences, study groups; publishes the European Review and other academic materials; provides expert advice on European Science policy matters either alone and through the European Academies Science Advisory Council (EASAC). The organisation is registered as a company limited by guarantee and also as a not-for profit charity, under UK law. Further information can be accessed via the website www.acadeuro.org

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15 November, 2011