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MRC Institute of Genetics & Molecular Medicine

Welcome to the MRC Institute of Genetics and Molecular Medicine (IGMM)

We love opening the doors of our institute to the public for special events. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 public health emergency, we cannot welcome visitors this year so we welcome you inside virtually.

A row of striking buildings on Crewe Road South, opposite Fettes College, form our institute – the hub of the University of Edinburgh’s Western General Hospital Campus.

The glass-fronted Institute is at the centre, completed in 2016, and links 3 research centre buildings – the CRUK Edinburgh Centre (CRUK EC), the MRC Human Genetics Unit (HGU) and the Centre for Genomic & Molecular Medicine (CGEM).

Each research centre has its own unique history, but the powerful synergy emerging from their common research strengths led to the formation of the IGMM in 2009.

What goes on inside our institute?

Our institute’s story of biomedical research stretches back to the post-war period and works towards delivering better understanding of genetic diseases, including cancers, with quicker diagnosis, improved and tailored treatments - ensuring better health outcomes. 

The IGMM brings together over 600 people, including 200 PhD students, in a single, scientific endeavour, enabling exciting multi-disciplinary collaborations in biomedical research. 

We will take you behind the scenes and show off some of our cool tools. 

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Virtual Tours

The Institute

Zebrafish Facility

Advanced Imaging Facility

Use of Animals

IGMM Research in Action – TACKLING COVID-19

Soon after Lockdown, our staff mobilised lab space and equipment within the IGMM to set up a COVID-19 Testing Centre.

A series of COVIDLife surveys is capturing the psychological, social & economic impacts of this pandemic.

The CoronaGenes Project is recruiting people who’ve used DNA testing services (e.g. Ancestry DNA, FTDNA & 23andMe) to help identify any key genes involved in susceptibility to C-19.

IGMM Research in Action – CRACKING CANCER

The Cancer Research UK Edinburgh Centre brings together cancer researchers and clinicians who are delivering outstanding cancer research and improved patient care. Our scientific and technological expertise results in new therapies being developed for patients faster. The CRUK Edinburgh Cancer Centre is contributing to the UK Coronavirus Monitoring Programme that is collecting information on how C-19 and C-19-related changes in cancer treatments affects cancer patients, providing real-time surveillance strategy to provide rapid learning from the pandemic.

IGMM Research in Action – Deciphering Genetic Disorders

The MRC IGMM excels in revealing the biology of genetic disease. The quality of this research and the potential to maximise its impact depends upon building and maintaining successful partnerships with multiple collaborators, including people affected by genetic disorders, NHS clinicians and policy makers.

Our institute’s researchers collaborate with people with lived experiences of a condition. Hearing their voices’ is crucial as we strive to improve the quality and impact of our institute’s research.

Setting up a COVID-19 testing facility




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Shining a Light on Genetic Disorders: Bowel Cancer

Cancer drug screening – a step by step guide to the experimental process

International efforts to improve brain cancer survival

Big Data

Shining a Light on Labrune Syndrome

Shining a Light on Rare Genetic Conditions – PCD & ‘Annie’s syndrome’

Looking for genetic causes of eye disease

Faulty genetic switches leading to compromised vision