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The mission of the MRC Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine (WIMM) is to undertake internationally competitive research into the processes underlying normal cell and molecular biology and to determine the mechanisms by which these processes are perturbed in inherited and acquired human diseases. It is also our mission to translate this research to improve human health. The WIMM is uniquely placed among biomedical institutes throughout the world in its pioneering vision of combining outstanding clinical research with excellent basic science. The WIMM Faculty currently includes an equal mixture of scientists and clinicians working together and in collaboration with the National Institute of Health Research, the NHS and commercial companies with the aim of improving the diagnosis and treatment of human diseases. The major topics of current research include haematology, immunology, stem cell biology, oncology and inherited human genetic diseases. The Institute benefits from strategic support from the MRC.

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The Institute values communication with members of the broader scientific community and the general public and with the support of the Medical Research Council (MRC) we have commissioned three short videos to explain our mission.


MDS Patient Support Group visits the MRC WIMM

MDS Patient Support Group visits the MRC WIMM

Posted 12/10/2017

Members of the Oxford and Thames Valley MDS Patient Support Group, which provides support to those affected by Myelodysplastic Syndromes, visited the MRC Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine (WIMM) on Friday 29 September. The visit was hosted by Dr Lynn Quek and members of Prof Paresh Vyas' research team at the MRC Molecular Hematology Unit, who are members of the Radcliffe Department of Medicine. Their research is supported by the NIHR ...


Marella de Bruijn becomes Professor of Developmental Haematopoiesis

Marella de Bruijn becomes Professor of Developmental Haematopoiesis

Posted 10/10/2017

Congratulations to Prof Marella de Bruijn, awarded the title of full professor of Developmental Haematopoiesis in the recent Recognition of Distinction Exercise. This is a huge achievement and reflects not only her research achievements but also commitment to teaching and ‘good citizenship’. Prof Marella de Brujin leads a team investigating the cellular and molecular mechanisms that underlie the generation and maintenance of haemopoietic stem ...

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Institute Deputy Safety Officer ref:131598

Posted 18/10/2017

THIS IS A READVERTISEMENT OF VACACNY 130234.  PREVIOUS APPLICANTS NEED NOT REAPPLY Applications are invited for a highly motivated professional seeking to develop a career in Health and Safety in a medical research setting.   The Deputy Safety Officer will join a small team of core staff who look after the day-to-day management of the Institute. Working closely with the Institute’s Safety Officer you will have the personal drive and initiative ...

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Deciphering the power of the leukaemia stem cell

Healthy stem cells produce billions of different cells every day, and these go on to perform a wide range of functions in our bodies. But this production line can be hijacked, as is the case in certain types of cancer. One such cancer is Acute Myeloid Leukaemia (AML). Zahra Aboukhalil, a DPhil student in the Vyas lab, is trying to find out how this hijacking takes place in AML. In this piece, for which she was awarded the Moorbath Domus prize by Linacre College, she tells us more about her project and how it could help develop improved treatments.

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