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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.


Huge genetic diversity among Papuan New Guinean peoples revealed

Posted 15/09/2017

  The first large-scale genetic study of people in Papua New Guinea has shown that different groups within the country are genetically highly different from each other. Scientists at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, University of Oxford and the Papua New Guinea Institute of Medical Research reveal that the people there have remained genetically independent from Europe and Asia for most of the last 50,000 years, and that people from the ...


Anneliese Dodds MP steps inside virtual reality and explores challenges facing Oxford’s scientists

Anneliese Dodds MP steps inside virtual reality and explores challenges facing Oxford’s scientists

Posted 07/09/2017

  The Medical Research Council Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine (MRC WIMM), University of Oxford, invited Oxford East MP Anneliese Dodds to learn more about cutting edge research taking place in her constituency and learn more from researchers about the challenges they face. The visit took place on the 30th of August.   The MRC WIMM is an internationally renowned institute, which aims to unravel the causes of disease and use ...

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Postdoctoral Bioinformatician ref: 131182

Posted 21/09/2017

THIS IS A RE-ADVERTISEMENT.  PREVIOUS APPLICANTS SHOULD NOT APPLY Applications are invited for a Bioinformatician to work in a Cancer Biology programme funded by the Wellcome Trust. We are seeking a team player to analyze RNA-seq data from human cancers within the group of Professor Terry Rabbitts based at the MRC Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine (WIMM). The objective is to find mRNA encoding proteins on the cancer cell surface that ...

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Sensing viruses: shape matters

Viruses are basically packets of nucleic acid, DNA or it’s sister molecule RNA. Our cells have therefore evolved to recognise these molecules as a sign of virus infection. A recent study from Jan Rehwinkel’s lab in the MRC Human Immunology Unit has revealed a new way in which cells sense and respond to invading viruses. Layal Liverpool, a DPhil student in the Rehwinkel lab, who was involved in the work, explains more.

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