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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.


Speakers’ Award for MRC HIU DPhil student

Speakers’ Award for MRC HIU DPhil student

Posted 16/11/2017

  Many congratulations to Melissa Bedard, who won a Speakers’ Award for best presentation at the recent CD1-MR1 Conference held in Napa Valley, California. Melissa is a third year DPhil student in the Cerundolo Lab at the MRC Human Immunology Unit. Her research project is providing important insights into a novel mechanism of action of invariant NKT cells.  


Enabling teachers to engage with the latest biomedical research

Enabling teachers to engage with the latest biomedical research

Posted 14/11/2017

  Researchers at the MRC Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine (WIMM), joined forces with STEM Learning to engage secondary school teachers with the latest scientific advancements, an initiative that aims to enable teachers to enrich their delivery of the science curriculum.   Enriching the school curriculum by incorporating state-of-the-art scientific research is an excellent way to increase interest in science subjects and inspire ...

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WIMM Prize Studentships 2017

Posted 25/10/2017

The MRC Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine (WIMM) has fully funded 4-year Prize PhD (DPhil) Studentships available to start in October 2018. These Studentships are open to outstanding students of any nationality who wish to train in experimental and/or computational biology. The Institute is a world leading molecular and cell biology centre that focuses on research with application to human disease. It includes the recently opened MRC ...

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Sensing viruses: The alarm system in our cells

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Every cell in our body is equipped with an alarm system. We can draw an analogy with a smoke alarm, which detects a product of fire – smoke – rather than detecting the fire directly. One of the biggest threats faced by our cells is infection and so, instead of detecting smoke, sensors in our cells are constantly on the look-out for signs of unwanted invaders like viruses. My PhD research is focused on understanding exactly how these sensors in our cells actually recognise invading viruses and what they do about it.

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