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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.


Clotten Foundation Prize 2015 Awarded to Prof. Terry Rabbitts

Clotten Foundation Prize 2015 Awarded to Prof. Terry Rabbitts

Posted 19/11/2015

Professor Terry Rabbitts has been awarded the inaugural Clotten Foundation Prize 2015 for discoveries on human antibody genes leading to therapeutic antibodies, and discoveries on chromosomal translocations in cancer leading to novel therapeutic approaches. The Clotten Foundation was founded in 1994 following the death of Dr Annemarie Clotten, who bequeathed an endowment to establish the organisation. The Clotten Foundation aims to support cance ...


Epigenomics of Common Diseases 2015 Prize

Epigenomics of Common Diseases 2015 Prize

Posted 19/11/2015

Maria Suciu, a final year DPhil student in the Higgs/Hughes labs, was awarded the Outstanding Presentation Prize at the 5th Wellcome Trust Conference - Epigenomics of Common Diseases.  Maria presented the findings from part of her thesis project on comparing open-chromatin assays DNase-Seq and ATAC-Seq. The Epigenomics of Common Diseases 2015 Conference brought together leading scientists from the fields of epigenomics, genetics and bioinformati ...

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WIMM Prize PhD Studentships 2016

Posted 04/01/2013

WIMM Prize PhD Studentships 2016 (H815025) The MRC Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine (WIMM) has fully funded 4-year Prize PhD (DPhil) Studentships available to start in October 2016. 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 48 res ...

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How students see scientists: Part IX


Rarely do scientists regard failed experiments as ‘exciting’ (in fact, one would imagine they have a variety of choice words which they might use instead to describe such occurrences). However, in the latest in our series of blogs written by students who undertake work placements at the WIMM, Aliya Chandaria and Lisa Li remind us that what many scientists regard as routine and mundane procedures are actually pretty remarkable, and enable scientists to investigate human biology in fascinating detail.

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