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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 values communication with members of the broader scientific community and the general public and with the support of the MRC we have commissioned three short videos to explain our mission.

For information on the 2015 WIMM Prize Studentships, click here.


Biochemical Society Grant for School Engagement Project

Biochemical Society Grant for School Engagement Project

Posted 21/10/2014

Caroline Scott, in Richard Gibbons' lab, has been awarded a grant by the Biochemical Society to run a workshop entitled ‘Cells: the LEGO of Life’ at North Leigh Primary School.  The aim of the event is to teach the students a few key simple concepts about cells, and to inspire them to think about science as a fun and exciting topic.  The funds will be used to purchase some basic lab equipment, including lab coats, goggles and pipettes, to ...


CNRS-Oxford Collaboration Scheme Grant Awarded

CNRS-Oxford Collaboration Scheme Grant Awarded

Posted 17/10/2014

David Clynes, a post-doctoral scientist in Richard Gibbons' lab, has successfully been awarded a grant through the CNRS-Oxford Collaboration scheme.  The scheme aims to facilitate the development of new collaborations, between researchers at the two organisations.  David will use the funding to visit the Almouzni laboratory in Paris with the collaborative aim to study the dynamics of ATRX mediated histone deposition. Of the award, David said ...

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WIMM Prize PhD Studentships 2015

Posted 04/01/2013

The MRC Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine (WIMM) has fully funded 4-year Prize PhD (DPhil) Studentships available to start in October 2015. These Studentships are open to outstanding students of any nationality. The Institute is a world leading molecular and cell biology centre that focuses on research with application to human disease. It houses nearly 500 research and support staff in 43 research groups working on a range of fields ...

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From petri dish to personalised medicine

From petri dish to personalised medicine

Posted 08/10/2014

From petri dish to personalised medicine Bowel cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer. In 2011, over 40,000 people in the UK were diagnosed with the disease1: equivalent to one person every 15 minutes2. In order to try and understand how and why this form of cancer develops, scientists need to be able to grow cells derived from tumours in the lab – something which has proven to be extremely challenging. However, researchers in ...

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