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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.


WIMM raises £1,500 for local Air Ambulance

WIMM raises £1,500 for local Air Ambulance

Posted 22/01/2015

For the past 23 years, staff at the WIMM have run an annual fund-raising event in aid of a local charity, which includes the sale of homemade cakes, homegrown plants, and a quiz which has become infamous amongst staff. This year, the Thames Valley & Chiltern Air Ambulance was chosen as the recipient organisation, and events led by Joy Bull, Kathryn Robson and Beth Lang raised £1,504 for the charity. The Thames Valley & Chiltern Air ...


Fellow of the Society of Biology announced

Fellow of the Society of Biology announced

Posted 08/01/2015

Philip Simister, senior post-doctoral researcher and Chair of the WIMM Post-doc Association, has been elected as a Fellow of the Society of Biology (FSB) for an all-round contribution over the last decade to research, education, and public engagement in the biological sciences.

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Research Assistant in Congenital Dyserythropoietic Anaemia 116899

Posted 27/01/2015

Applications are invited for a highly motivated Research Assistant to work in a programme studying Congenital Dyserythropoietic Anaeamia Type I by analyzing the effects of a conditional knock-out of Cdan1, the gene responsible for CDA-I, in the haematopoietic system of mice. The post is funded by theOxford University Clinical Academic Graduate School (OUCAGS)and is available immediately fixed-term until 31/03/2016. The aim of this project is to ...

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Specifying stem cells, specifically


Your blood is made up of many, many different types of highly specialized cells: white blood cells to fight infections; red blood cells to carry oxygen; and platelets to allow your blood to clot (to name but a few). Scientists now know that all of these diverse cell types originate from a single parent cell – the blood (or haematopoietic) stem cell, which is found in the bone marrow. These rare stem cells have huge clinical potential for helping to cure people with devastating blood-related diseases such as leukaemia, but to date little has been known about where these cells themselves originate. However, new research from Roger Patient’s lab helps to shed light on how these unique cells are made.

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