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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.


Celebrating Sir Walter Bodmer’s 80th birthday

Celebrating Sir Walter Bodmer’s 80th birthday

Posted 11/07/2016

Sir Walter Bodmer’s 80th Birthday celebration was held at Hertford College on the evening of the 5th of May.  Over 100 of Walter’s closest friends and colleagues enjoyed a champagne reception in the principals’ lodgings, followed by a four-course dinner in the main hall.  During the course of the evening, several guests including Sir Nick Wright, Professors Ian Tomlinson, Veronica van Heyningen, John Trowsdale and Ellen Solomon shared anecdotes ...


Three Minute Thesis Competition

Three Minute Thesis Competition

Posted 05/07/2016

Would you be able to explain an 80,000 word document on cutting-edge scientific research in three minutes flat? The Three Minute Thesis Competition (abbreviated 3MT) originates from the University of Queensland in Brisbane. Universities around the world encourage PhD students to talk about their research projects in no more than three minutes. Each participant is allowed to aid their presentation with a single slide without any sounds or ...

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Scientist - Virus Production Facility Ref: 124367

Posted 13/07/2016

We are seeking a motivated and enthusiastic Scientist to join the new MRC Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine (WIMM) Virus Production Facility. Funded by the Medical Research Council, the position is available for 12 months in the first instance, although further funding is anticipated. The Institute undertakes research into the processes underlying normal cell and molecular biology and its aim is to determine the mechanisms by which ...

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Lessons from looking at clouds: Uri Alon and emotions in science


Earlier this year, Uri Alon, a professor at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel, came to the WIMM to give two talks: one about his research, and one about his view on the importance of considering emotions in the scientific process. Uri Alon has spoken on this topic many times, including as Ted Talk that has had almost a million views. In this blog, Juan Ruiz Villalobos, a DPhil student in the MRC Molecular Haematology Unit, describes Uri’s key message that science has a culture – and culture can be changed.

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