MRC Institute of Genetics & Molecular Medicine
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The following news articles were published in 2019.

£12 Million fund for scientists to perform vital brain cancer research

Scientists are set to receive over £12 million from Cancer Research UK and The Brain Tumour Charity to find new ways to treat brain tumours: June 2019

Chemists and Biologists Meet for Bioorthogonal & Bioresponsive 2019

​​​​​​​Almost a hundred researchers from nine different countries visited IGMM to attend the Bioorthogonal & Bioresponsive 2019 symposium, 6-7 June.

Cycle Friendly Employer Award Achievement

Staff at IGMM receiving the Cycle Friendly Employer Award
The Institute of Genetics and Molecular Medicine (IGMM) has been awarded Cycle Friendly Employer status by Cycling Scotland.

A link between innate immune sensing and cellular senescence 

TLR2 expression is induced during Oncogene Induced Senescence (OIS)
Cancer Research UK Edinburgh Centre scientists discover a cell intrinsic tumour suppressor role of the innate immune sensor Toll-like receptor 2: June 2018

Edinburgh Super-Resolution Imaging Consortium Symposium 2019

The Edinburgh Super-Resolution Imaging Consortium (ESRIC) – a partnership between University of Edinburgh and Heriott Watt University – hosted the 2019 ESRIC Symposium at IGMM on 28 May 2019.

DNA tests for patients move closer with genome analysis advance

Diseases caused by genetic changes could be detected more readily thanks to an advance in DNA analysis software.

ediRNA Meeting 2019

edinRNA 2019
Bringing together RNA researchers in Edinburgh: May 2019

Reverse Transcriptase Inhibitors for Interferonopathies

Brain images
A recent award of a £1.7 million MRC Experimental Medicine Challenge grant to Professor Yanick Crow will assess a novel drug treatment approach for Aicardi-Goutières syndrome. May 2019

Senescence Symposium 2019

Biomedical scientists gather in Edinburgh for Senescence Symposium: May 2019

BODYSCAPE - Living with disease through art and science

A patient engagement Sci-Art event: May 2019

Fine tuning energy production

Cerox1 long non-coding RNA regulates mitochondrial activity

From Green Bench to Lab Bench

Carol Monaghan MP in CGEM lab
Carol Monaghan MP took a walk in the shoes of an Edinburgh health data scientist as part of the Royal Society's pairing scheme for scientists and MPs. April 2019

Breast cancer study to focus on tumour DNA in blood

Research into an advanced form of breast cancer is set to aid understanding of cancer biology. The project is focused on secondary breast cancer – an incurable form of the condition that occurs when the cancer spreads to other parts of the body: April 2019

DNA modifications associated with poor lung function and COPD

DNA is modified by the environment and genetics to affect the risk of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. April 2019

Important new insights into the function of a key autophagy protein

Cancer Research UK Edinburgh Centre scientists provide new insights into the regulation and function of ATG16L1 – a key autophagy protein: April 2019

Parliamentary Partnerships: From lab bench to back bench

Royal Society pairing scheme participants
Glasgow MP welcomed CGEM health data scientist to Parliament in Royal Society pairing scheme. April 2019

First research publication attributed to the XDF Programme

Melissa Model Overview
One of our XDF Programme Fellows, Dr Chantriolnt-Andreas Kapourani, authored an exciting research paper in “Genome Biology”: April 2019

Only a few days left to apply for cross-disciplinary fellowships

XDF Programme
The application deadline for the MRC/UoE Cross-Disciplinary Post-Doctoral Fellowships (XDF) is 29 March 2019. 

Science at the Interface to Industry

science at the interface of industry
Workshop running from 24 - 26t April located at the Institute of Genetics and Molecular Medicine: March 2019

Edinburgh Cancer Discovery Unit featured in “SLAS Discovery”

Editorial in a prominent drug discovery journal features CRUK Edinburgh Centre’s Edinburgh Cancer Discovery Unit and its phenotypic drug discovery activities: March 2019

Royal Society of Edinburgh Fellowship for David FitzPatrick

David FitzPatrick
Fellowship recognises leadership in genetics of developmental disorders: March 2019

Shining a light on genetic disorders

The importance of the Patient Voice: February 2019

European Funding Success

Funding from the European Research Council will enable critical work on nanomedical devices designed to help treatment of cancer and chronic pain: February 2019

Study sheds light on damage linked to ageing

Some of the damaging cell effects linked to ageing could be prevented by manipulating tiny parts of cells, a study shows: February 2019

Finding the breaking point of cancer

Cancer is a disease of the genome, and tumour sequencing projects have highlighted the enormous changes that the human genome undergoes during the evolution of a tumour: February 2019

HER2 drives an increased hypoxic response in breast cancer

Cancer Research UK Edinburgh Centre scientists provide new insights into the role of HER2 in breast cancer cell signalling in hypoxia: February 2019

Developing and demonstrating public presentation skills

The IGMM Heat of the 3MT Competition and “Do Your Looks Betray You?”: February 2019

International student visit from the Zhejiang University-University of Edinburgh (ZJE) Institute, China Collaborations in Biomedical Sciences and Biomedical Informatics

On 24 January, the IGMM was delighted to welcome 14 undergraduate students from the Zhejiang University-University of Edinburgh (ZJE) Institute, China. They are in the third year of a four-year dual award programme in Integrative Biomedical Sciences: February 2019

Understanding the genetic basis of stress-sensitivity and depression.

In recent papers published in PLOS One and Translational Psychiatry, Dr Pippa Thomson describes work from her lab on the genetics of stress response and depressive symptoms. February 2019

Patients engage with research on Paget's Awareness Day

Professor Stuart Ralston’s Bone Group, in collaboration with the Paget’s Association, invited patients with Paget’s disease to attend a buffet lunch, followed with presentations on Friday 11: January 2019

Distinguishing acquired resistance from dormant tumours in neoadjuvant treatment of breast cancer

A study led by researchers from the Cancer Research UK Edinburgh Centre sheds new light on differences between dormant and treatment resistant tumours: January 2019

Women in Cell Biology Award for Pleasantine Mill

Pleasantine Mill honoured with the 2019 Women in Cell Biology Early Career Medal: December 2018

Reverse transcriptase inhibitors in Aicardi-Goutières syndrome

Brain images
A study into the use of reverse transcriptase inhibitors for the treatment of Aicardi-Goutières syndrome. December 2018.