College of Medicine & Veterinary Medicine

Funding boost for genetic research

Almost £60 million of awards from the Medical Research Council (MRC) will help scientists gain fresh insights into illnesses and inherited disorders.

The funding to the University’s MRC Human Genetics Unit and the MRC Institute of Genetics and Molecular Medicine (IGMM) will help doctors develop and deliver new tests and therapies for patients.

It will boost research into conditions such as schizophrenia, cystic fibrosis and genetic eye disorders including retinitis pigmentosa, coloboma and anophthalmia.


Professor Nick Hastie tells us what the money will be used for:

The challenge we face is to work out how human genes work together to build a human. We also want to find out how subtle DNA differences help shape human diversity and influence susceptibility to a wide range of common diseases. This funding will help us to turn the potential of the genetic revolution into reality.

Professor Nick HastieDirector of the Medical Research Council IGMM and Medical Research Council Human Genetics Unit at the University of Edinburgh

World-leading genetics research

The IGMM became one of the largest centres for human genetics research and molecular medicine in Europe when the MRC Human Genetics Unit joined the University. The funding - paid over the next five years - consolidates its position as a world leader in genetics research.

The Human Genetics Unit and IGMM are a shining example of the kind of partnership working needed to address the challenges of 21st century research. The MRC is proud to continue its support for these establishments and their drive to transform discoveries about the human genome into benefits for human health.

Dr Wendy EwartDeputy Chief Executive of the Medical Research Council

The IGMM is a partnership between the Medical Research Council, the University of Edinburgh’s Centre for Molecular Medicine and Cancer Research UK.