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MRC Centenary 1913-2013

Centenary Events at King's 20-29 June 2013

To celebrate the Medical Research Council (MRC) Centenary,  MRC scientists across the country are taking part in Open Week (20-29 June 2013), throwing open their doors to give visitors a taste of some of the awe-inspiring science that goes on in our establishments. 

King’s has a proud history of a strong partnership with the MRC and currently hosts 5 MRC centres across our Health Schools covering disciplines such as Environment and Health, Asthma, Developmental Neurobiology, Social Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry and Transplantation.

As part of the Centenary celebrations King’s will be hosting a number public events at its Campuses and across London – here’s a taster of what’s in store.


Photo 51

Photo 51 invites the public into a historically charged moment in the DNA story to witness both its impact on contemporary neuroscience and the future of biomedical research.

The discovery of DNA is arguably the most significant breakthrough of modern science. From DNA fingerprinting to personalised genomes, the realisation that we can be ‘read’ through our DNA has made it both a potent and challenging symbol of the power of biomedicine. 

This exhibition will take you back to the site of discovery where Photo 51 became the most famous x-ray crystallography image in the world.

Public events to showcase Photo 51 include: 

Symmetry C2 – What did Photo51 really tell the world?: Exhibition

When: Tuesday 16 July 2013

Where: Inigo Rooms and Anatomy Lecture Theatre, Somerset House East Wing, Strand Campus, King’s College

Open: Open: 19:00-21:00, tickets £5 

Photo 51 - Open Day: Exhibition

When: Saturday 27 July 2013

Where: Inigo Rooms, Somerset House East Wing, Strand Campus, King’s College    

Open: Open: 11:00-17:00, free entry (no tickets needed, except for brain demonstration)

Find out more.

The Science and Art of Transplantation

This special one off event organised by the MRC Centre in Transplantation includes a pop up exhibition and debate hosted by broadcaster Jonathan Dimbleby.

Pop up exhibition

When: Thursday 20 June 2013

Where: Anatomy Museum, 6th Floor, King's Building, King's College London, Strand Campus, London WC2R 2LS

Open: 10:00 – 18:00 free entry.

The unique interactive exhibition will feature exclusive interviews with pioneers of science and transplantation, the truth about the patient journey and a multi-player video game demonstrating cutting edge research.

The Future of Transplantation panel discussion, hosted by Jonathan Dimbleby

When: Thursday 20 June 2013

Where: Anatomy Museum, 6th Floor, King's Building, King's College London, Strand Campus, London WC2R 2LS

Unfortunately, this event has now sold out, but the debate will be streamed live in the  Arthur & Paula Lucas Lecture Theatre (S-2.18).

A distinguished panel from the worlds of science, literature and philosophy will explore topics such as the use of stem cells and its public and political acceptability, and the role of genetics research in transplant science.

Find out more.

Twelve foot high lung on the South Bank

The MRC & Asthma UK Centre in Allergic Mechanisms of Asthma will host a public event to celebrate major advances in asthma and allergy research and to highlight on-going areas of research in this field. 

It is an opportunity for the general public to meet the scientists, from PhD students to Professors, involved in asthma research as well as a chance to broaden asthma and allergy awareness through interactive activities such as the 'Respiratory Olympics'. A 12 ft. high inflatable lung model will greet the visitors.

When: Thursday 20 June 2013

Where: The South Bank, Observation Point

Open: 12:00-18:00

The Science Open Day

The Science Open Day (Wednesday 26 June 2013) at the Social, Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry Centre (SGDP) offers you the chance to come and find out all about our research on what makes you, you! You will also be able to meet scientists and find out what they do and join in with some fun activities to explain and experience the science. 

Later that same day, you are also welcome to attend other events that are taking place, including:

Art exhibition evening at the SGDP

When: Wednesday 26 June 2013
Where: The SGDP 
Open: 17:00 – 19:00 

Preview screening of the TVNZ documentary ''The Real Science of Us: The 1000 Most Studied People in the World''

When: Wednesday 26 June 2013
Where: The SGDP 
Open: 18:30-20:00

Find out more.

The Life Game

This festival is part of a multi-centre interactive event (9 London based MRC Centres) being co-ordinated by the Science Museum and produced by Non Zero One, an interactive performance company. Activities, talks and hands-on exhibitions will bring scientists and the public together to talk about MRC research and how it builds on our research legacy from the past 100 years.

You can visit our Centre’s stand at the festival where children can crawl through a large nose to discover the allergens that accumulate there, find out your chances of becoming allergic, what happens to your lungs if you have asthma and learn how allergens can be used to treat your allergic condition by re-educating your immune system.

Visit The Life Game website.

What else is happening?

Further information on the MRC Centenary and all Open Week events can be found at .

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