Molecular, Genetic and Population Health Sciences

Facilities and affiliations

We have extensive facilities across several locations throughout the city. In addition, we have collaborations and links with groups from outwith the Deanery and Edinburgh Medical School.

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New Institute of Genetics and Molecular Medicine building

Facilities and capacity

The Institiute of Genetics and Cancer (IGC) has research facilities at the Western General Hospital, including new buildings for teaching, in vivo experimentation, and other research into cancer, leukemia, genetics and molecular medicine.

The IGC constitutes one of the largest aggregates of human molecular genetics and biology research capacity in the UK with over 70 Principal Investigators and 500 staff and PhD students. By pooling the resources and complementary skills of the constituent centres, IGC brings together the scientific expertise, technology and support services needed to maximise scientific discovery.

The Usher Institute is based across multiple sites - principly in the Central Area at Teviot Place, and at NINE Edinburgh BioQuarter.  The Usher Institute also hosts the Mackenzie Medical Centre (a General Practice on West Richmond Street) and has teams based at other satellite locations.  With over 320 staff and PhD students, including around 30 professors, the Usher Institute is forging new connections between social science, informatics and data science to advance understanding of disease and improve health and care for patients and populations . The Usher Institute is proud to work collaboratively with partners across the NHS, policymakers, industry partners and the public.

Edinburgh Clinical Trials Unit

The Deanery also houses Edinburgh Clinical Trials Unit (ECTU), a Collaborative Clinical Trials Unit. The ECTU Collaboration comprises individual researchers spread across Lothian, who are based in both university-based research groups and the NHS. An innovative programme of methodological research underpins a substantive portfolio of clinical trials.

ECTU has established an internationally recognised portfolio of clinical trials, focusing on a range of clinical specialities, including Emergency Medicine & Critical care, Head injury, Musculoskeletal disease, Psychological Medicine, Stroke, Experimental Medicine, Maternal & Child Health, and Cancer. ECTU is part of the Scottish Collaboration of Trialists, and sits within the Usher Institute.

Edinburgh Clinical Trials Unit

Edinburgh Clinical Research Facility

Edinburgh Clinical Research Facility provides state of the art facilities to support multidisciplinary clinical research locally, nationally and internationally.

A joint venture between University of Edinburgh and NHS Lothian, Edinburgh CRF was one of only five facilities in the UK to receive Wellcome Trust Millennium funding.  The Scientific Cores and Specialist support teams have over fifteen years’ experience in supporting high quality, high impact research. 

Edinburgh Clinical Research Facility