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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.The slimy jelly that helps us respond to infection


Prof Sir David Weatherall awarded highest title in Queen’s Birthday Honours

Prof Sir David Weatherall awarded highest title in Queen’s Birthday Honours

Posted 19/06/2017

We are delighted to announce that Prof Sir David Weatherall has been awarded a GBE, making him a Knight of the Grand Cross. This is the highest rank in the Order of the British Empire and the honour has only been bestowed 16 times since 2000. Prof Sir Weatherall was recognised for his services for medicine and it is wonderful that his pioneering work and commitment to molecular medicine have been recognised in this way. David Weatherall is a ...


MRC Festival of Medical Research

MRC Festival of Medical Research

Posted 15/06/2017

Our two MRC-funded units, the MRC Human Immunology Unit and the MRC Molecular Haematology Unit, are taking part in the MRC Festival of Medical Research (17 to 23 June) – an annual celebration of cutting edge research. We’ll be taking a road trip around supermarkets in Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire, with activities to discuss genetic susceptibility to common diseases with passing shoppers. Is eczema inherited? Why do I have anaemia? We will be ...

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Public Engagement & Communications Officer ref:129211

Posted 31/05/2017

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an experienced and enthusiastic Public Engagement & Communications Officer, to develop the Institute’s profile within the national and international research community and the wider public. The postholder will need to establish strong working relationships with other communication/engagement officers and administrative staff from the departments hosting research groups in the Institute, and will implement a ...

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The slimy jelly that helps us respond to infection

A fully functioning immune system is dependent on good communication between many different types of cell. We know that one set of cells detects damage and infection, while another leaps into action to defend the body. But we weren’t entirely clear how the two ‘talked’ to each other. In this blog, Prof David Jackson and his senior post-Doctoral fellow Dr Louise Johnson explain the team’s newest finding, which suggests that a special type of carbohydrate acts as the broker between the two.

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