College of Medicine & Veterinary Medicine

Royal occasion at MRC Institute of Genetics & Molecular Medicine

The Chancellor, HRH The Princess Royal officially opens the new East Building at IGMM.

On 7th July 2016, the Chancellor, HRH The Princess Royal visited the MRC Institute of Genetics & Molecular Medicine (IGMM) to officially open the new East Building. 

IGMM building

£14M project

The Institute of Genetics and Molecular Medicine East Building is a £14M project jointly funded by the Wellcome Trust–Wolfson Foundation, the Medical Research Council and the University of Edinburgh.

It was designed to physically and intellectually link the three partner centres and units of the IGMM - the MRC Human Genetics Unit, the Centre for Genomic and Experimental Medicine and the Edinburgh Cancer Research Centre.

Genome and data science

The exciting new environment is attracting the brightest and best researchers to push at the boundaries of genome science and data science - the new building hosts 100 data scientists, as part of the 500–strong Institute, working on some of the most pressing problems in medicine. 

Royal tour

Prof Nick Hastie speaks to guests at the reception

HRH The Princess Royal, Chancellor of the University of Edinburgh, toured the building to meet Chancellors Fellows and students who have benefitted from the new facilities and improved interactions across the Institute, discussing key research priorities.

The Chancellor officially opened the new building at a reception with invited guests, unveiling a plaque and giving thanks to all those involved in the building project and to researchers across the IGMM.

Related links

Visit the IGMM website

Read more about the new building