Babraham Researchers Receive European Accolade

Babraham Researchers Receive European Accolade

Image removed.Image removed.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.

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."

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About the Babraham Institute:
The Babraham Institute undertakes world-class life sciences research to generate new knowledge of biological mechanisms underpinning ageing, development and the maintenance of health. Our research focuses on cellular signalling, gene regulation and the impact of epigenetic regulation at different stages of life. By determining how the body reacts to dietary and environmental stimuli and manages microbial and viral interactions, we aim to improve wellbeing and support healthier ageing. The Institute is strategically funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), part of UK Research and Innovation, through an Institute Core Capability Grant and also receives funding from other UK research councils, charitable foundations, the EU and medical charities.
The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) is the UK funding agency for research in the life sciences. Sponsored by Government, BBSRC annually invests around £450 million in a wide range of research that makes a significant contribution to the quality of life for UK citizens and supports a number of important industrial stakeholders including the agriculture, food, chemical, health and well-being and pharmaceutical sectors. BBSRC carries out its mission by funding internationally competitive research, providing training in the biosciences, fostering opportunities for knowledge transfer and innovation and promoting interaction with the public and other stakeholders on issues of scientific interest in universities, centres and 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