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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 MRC WIMM at New Scientist Live!

The MRC WIMM at New Scientist Live!

Posted 20/09/2016

From September 22-25th 2016, the Computational Biology Research Group at the MRC WIMM will be exhibiting at New Scientist Live, a festival of ideas and discovery at the ExCeL in London.  The team will be demonstrating new interactive software called CSynth, which allows users to visualise the three-dimensional structure of a DNA molecule inside a cell. Developed in collaboration with Goldsmiths University in London, the software will be ...


Successful summer salsa lessons at the MRC WIMM

Successful summer salsa lessons at the MRC WIMM

Posted 20/09/2016

Over the summer months, two MRC WIMM researchers, Jessica Davies and Juan Ruiz Villalobos, ran a six-week salsa course for beginners. Based at the MRC WIMM, the course was intended to be a fantastic way to have some light-hearted, uplifting and “science-independent” fun. Attended by around 15 people per week, the classes were held each Friday evening – a great way to wind down and have some fun at the end of the working week! They were also a ...

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Postdoctoral Scientist in Epigenetics and Leukaemia ref: 125284

Posted 09/09/2016

Applications are invited for a highly motivated Postdoctoral Research Scientist to work in the Milne lab on a programme studying epigenetic and transcriptional mechanisms in acute leukaemias. MLL mutations in acute leukaemias are generally rare, but MLL mutations are a major cause of incurable acute lymphoblastic leukaemias (ALL) in children. Working with MLL has also provided a useful general model for studying the link between epigenetic ...

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Ever wondered where your blood comes from?


We all find out at a pretty young age what our blood is: often due to unfortunate incidents as toddlers involving overambitious attempts to run/jump/climb over household objects twice our height. But despite almost continually losing blood throughout our lives via cuts, grazes, injections and other incidents we almost never run out of the stuff, except in extreme circumstances. This is because your body is constantly producing blood to make up for that which is lost during daily life – but where does this new blood come from? This is a tricky question to answer, but a study led by Rui Monteiro in Roger Patient’s lab in the MRC Molecular Haematology Unit sheds new light on this complex process. Tomasz Dobrzycki, a DPhil student in the lab, explains what they found.

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