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World Class Future Science Norfolk is home to a cluster of internationally-renowned research organisations. They are working together to tackle the major challenges facing all of us in the 21st Century – the sustainability of our environment; our food supplies and healthy ageing. There are over 2500 scientists working to find realistic and practical solutions; who then have the infrastructure and support to translate these discoveries into commercially successful business. 

Norwich is ranked 4th in the UK for the number of “most highly cited scientists”Norwich is ranked 4th in the UK for the number of “most highly cited scientists” after London, Cambridge and Oxford and ahead of cities such as Bristol, Manchester, Edinburgh, Nottingham and York – evidence of our outstanding international reputation

Co-located adjacent to the University of East Anglia and the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals on the Norwich Research Park in Eastern England

  • Four international centres of excellence in plant science, microbiology, harnessing food for health and controlling food-related disease
  • A world-class national facility for the study and application of genomics in animals, plants and microbes

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Mistletoe mystery - something’s missing from the kissing plant

A new scientific study, has cast dramatic light on that evergreen festive favourite, mistletoe.  

Milestone research on Madagascar periwinkle uncovers pathway to cancer-fighting drugs

Plant scientists have taken the crucial last steps in a 60-year quest to unravel the complex chemistry of Madagascar periwinkle in a breakthrough that opens up the potential for rapid synthesis of cancer-fighting compounds.

Wheat research discovery yields genetic secrets that could shape future crops

A new study has isolated a gene controlling shape and size of spikelets in wheat in a breakthrough which could help breeders deliver yield increases in one of the world’s most important crops.

John Innes Centre Director receives prestigious 10-year China Talent Visa

In a ceremony at the Chinese Embassy in London, His Excellency Ambassador Liu Xiaoming presented John Innes Centre Director, Professor Dale Sanders FRS, with a 10-year China Talent R-Visa.

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Head of The Sainsbury Laboratory elected into EMBO

Professor Cyril Zipfel, the Head of The Sainsbury Laboratory, is today named as one of 62 scientists newly elected into the European Molecular Biology Organisation (EMBO). Professor Zipfel and fellow 2018 electees join a group that comprises 1800 of the best researchers in Europe and around the world. “I am deeply honoured to be joining... Read more »

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Royal Society honour for distinguished scientist at The Sainsbury Laboratory

Professor Sophien Kamoun, a group leader at The Sainsbury Laboratory, has been elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society. In a distinguished career, Professor Kamoun, who is also Professor of Biology at the University of East Anglia, has made a major contribution to the understanding of plant diseases and plant immunity. The Fellowship of... Read more »

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International Recognition for The Sainsbury Laboratory Head

A leading researcher at The Sainsbury Laboratory has been honoured with a prestigious international award in recognition of his innovative work on plant immunity. Professor Cyril Zipfel, a senior group leader and the current Head of The Sainsbury Laboratory at the Norwich Research Park, has been announced as the fourth recipient of the Tsuneko &... Read more »

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Parliament visit for TSL crop disease researcher

The Sainsbury Laboratory crop disease researcher Helen Brabham is to visit the Houses of Parliament to explain her science to politicians and decision-makers.   Helen, a third year PhD student, will present her research on disease resistance to politicians and leading academics as part of the Parliamentary poster competition, STEM for Britain.  Helen was shortlisted from hundreds of applicants to demonstrate her science communication skills and knowledge by presenting a poster to a panel of expert judges.... Read more »

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Plants share defensive proteins in evolutionary pick ‘n’ mix

New research has shed light on how plants use ‘baits’ to recognise and trap disease-causing pathogens before infection can take hold. Published in Genome Biology,  research led by the Krasileva Group of Earlham Institute and The Sainsbury Laboratory, used phylogenetics (the study of how DNA sequences are related) to identify how these ‘bait’ genes are distributed throughout various... Read more »

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From green bench to lab bench – MP visits TSL

Norman Lamb MP, chair of the Science and Technology Select Committee, swapped the green benches of the House of Commons for the lab benches of The Sainsbury Laboratory on a visit to Norwich Research Park. The MP for North Norfolk was visiting TSL as the guest of post doctoral researcher Dr Marina Pais. The visit... Read more »

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Breakthrough study makes sense of how plants unscramble external signals

An international study has uncovered new evidence on how plants coordinate a network of receptors to detect and interpret signals from their environment. The team which includes scientists from the lab of Professor Cyril Zipfel,  The Sainsbury Laboratory, Norwich, has made significant progress in the understanding of a family of proteins called receptor kinases. In... Read more »

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New milestone welcomed in worldwide struggle against wheat rusts

Two new scientific studies published today bring new promise in the quest for resistance against the ancient pathogen, wheat rust. The papers which appear in the peer reviewed journal Science reveal new insights into the genetic make-up of the pathogen and call for complex, integrated solutions to a challenge that has been around almost since... Read more »

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