Molecular, Genetic and Population Health Sciences

Organisational structure

The Deanery is arranged into two Institutes, each with a number of research Centres.


Research is generally undertaken in interdisciplinary centres, which bring together researchers around broad themes and sit within the Deanery's two Institutes.

The Institute of Genetics and Molecular Medicine comprises the:

  • Medical Research Council Human Genetics Unit
  • Centre for Genomic and Experimental Medicine
  • Cancer Research UK Edinburgh Centre.

The Usher Institute comprises the:

  • Centre for Biomedicine, Self and Society
  • Centre for Global Health Research
  • Centre for Medical Informatics
  • Centre for Population Health Sciences.

It brings together researchers with expertise in epidemiology, statistics and modelling, sociology, social policy, psychology, economics, geography, health promotion, medical informatics, nursing and medicine and draws on a long history of public health and general practice at the University of Edinburgh.

Research centres

Clinical Trials Unit

The Usher Institiute also hosts the Edinburgh Clinical Trials Unit (ECTU).

ECTU website


Organisational structure

A tree diagram of our organisational structure can be downloaded as a pdf for viewing or printing