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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.


Pfizer Rare Disease Consortium Grant Won

Pfizer Rare Disease Consortium Grant Won

Posted 19/12/2014

  Hal Drakesmith and Simon Draper (Jenner Institute) have been awarded a Pfizer Rare Disease Consortium grant to develop new treatments for thalassaemia and for the anaemia of inflammation, based on manipulation of the iron regulatory hormone hepcidin. This is the first grant awarded nationwide under the Pfizer Rare Disease partnership with GMEC Universities and is worth up to £900,000 over three years.  


Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists Annual Scientific Undergraduate Prize

Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists Annual Scientific Undergraduate Prize

Posted 16/12/2014

Dr Daniel Klotz from Prof Ahmed Ahmed’s Lab has won the Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists Annual Scientific Undergraduate Prize. Daniel will be invited to present his work at the Annual Academic Meeting 21-23 January 2015.

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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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Learning the FACs


Modern scientific research is being revolutionised by incredibly powerful new technologies: machines which can read your entire genetic code; microscopes which can see individual molecules inside living cells; and computers which can re-create the big bang. In this post, Lucas Greder in Marella de Bruijn’s lab describes his experiences with another such technology: fluorescence activated cell sorting (or FACS), and how learning to master this technique is critical to his ongoing PhD research.

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