MRC Institute of Genetics & Molecular Medicine
MRC Institute of Genetics & Molecular Medicine


News 2015

An archive of IGMM News from 2015

Genetic diagnoses for rare conditions

Genetic diagnoses for rare conditions
MRC Human Genetics Unit scientists are involved in a nationwide study to identify genes linked to rare developmental disorders in children: January 2015

Crohn’s study seeks to find causes of condition

Crohn’s study seeks to find causes of condition
Researchers at the University of Edinburgh are leading the UK’s input into a major initiative to tackle Crohn’s disease: January 2015

£15m initiative puts Scotland at forefront of gene-led healthcare

IGMM News - 15m initiative
The Universities of Edinburgh and Glasgow are to partner with Illumina in a genomics revolution that is set to transform healthcare: January 2015

Tracking DNA helps scientists trace origins of genetic errors

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University of Edinburgh researchers have developed a method to label and track pieces of new DNA as they are made: January 2015

DNA clock helps predict lifespan

University of Edinburgh Scientists identify a biological clock that provides clues about an individuals lifespan: February 2015

Culture shock - Are lab-grown cells a faithful model for human disease?

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Researchers from the University of Edinburgh and Linköping University have revealed how quickly cells change their identity when grown in the laboratory: February 2015

Bile duct cancer study may pave way for new treatments

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A study led by the University of Edinburgh could help patients with bile duct cancer: February 2015

Maria Christophorou awarded Wellcome Trust Beit prize

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MRC Human Genetics Unit researcher recognised as an outstanding scientist: February 2015

New Director for MRC Human Genetics Unit

IGMM News 2014 - Wendy Bickmore
Professor Bickmore said on her appointment, “This is an exciting time for human genetics, with large-scale genome sequencing set to impact on clinical practice: February 2015

Gene discovery sheds light on causes of rare type of dwarfism

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Researchers led by the Universities of Edinburgh and Birmingham have begun decoding the genetic material which causes primordial dwarfism: February 2015

Apply now: 2015 Science Insights work experience programme

IGMM News - apply science insights
Gain an insight into research and work in biological sciences: March 2015

Joe Marsh receives MRC and Biochemical Society Awards

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His research into protein complexes in human genetic disease will be funded for five more years: April 2015

FEBS Systems Medicine Travel Award to IGMM PhD Student

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Hans-Joachim Sonntag secured the FEBS Youth Travel Grant to attend the inaugural European Systems Medicine Advanced Summer School: May 2015

DNA study could shed light on how genetic faults trigger disease

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Researchers at the MRC Human Genetics Unit were part of an international collaboration that identified all the enhancers on a single human chromosome: May 2015

New European Research Funding

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The IGMM has been successful in obtaining substantial grant funding from the European Union: May 2015

Professor Mike Dixon awarded Health Champion at Edinburgh Local Hero Awards

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Edinburgh Cancer Research Centre clinical researcher wins award: June 2015

Dr Turnbull awarded for innovative new business idea to improve health

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ECRC Scientist awarded £5,000 at the Edinburgh BioQuarter Innovation Competition: June 2015

MRC Molecular Pathology Node: Edinburgh-St Andrews Consortium for Molecular Pathology, Informatics and Genome Sciences

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The MRC and EPSRC have supported six nodes led by universities, to bring researchers, clinicians and industry together: July 2015

School pupils gain insight into scientific research and careers

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High School Pupils from across the Lothians have attended a week long work experience programme run by the IGMM, Roslin Institute and the Dick Vet School: August 2015

Dr Luke Boulter awarded the British Association for the Study of Liver Dame Sheila Sherlock Prize

Parent carer scientist: news 2016
Dr Luke Boulter of the MRC HGU has been awarded the British Association for the Study of Liver Dame Sheila Sherlock Prize: August 2015

Promising drugs turn immune system on cancer

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Scientists at the University of Edinburgh pinpoint protein that enables cancer cells to elude attacks by the immune system: September 2015

Dr David Hunt awarded drug safety prize by the MHRA

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Wellcome Intermediate Clinical Fellow is awarded Sir Derrick Dunlop Prize by the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency: September 2015

The importance of enzymatic activity does not always ‘RING’ true

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Scientists from the MRC Human Genetics Unit have proved new things about Protein RING1B: October 2015

IGMM hosts ESRIC Advanced Imaging Symposium 2015

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120 delegates will be welcomed to the Institute on the 13th October: October 2015

Gene study prompts bowel disease rethink

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Researchers findings may prompt a rethink in the way inflammatory bowel diseases are categorised and diagnosed: October 2015

Gene study pinpoints process that triggers painful bone disease

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Researchers in Edinburgh and Dundee pinpoint a key gene in bone disease development: November 2015

"So you want to be a biomedical scientist?” - Career Exploration Day

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IGMM event enables local high school pupils to meet biomedical science students, researchers and clinicians: November 2015

Staff fundraiser for Edinburgh Direct Aid

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£2,200 raised for aid projects: November 2015

Prestigious award for Edinburgh surgeon

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Farhat Din has been awarded the Hunter Doig Medal by the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh: December 2015