MRC Human Genetics Unit
Medical Research Council Human Genetics Unit

Celebrating the scientific and mentoring legacy of Professor Nick Hastie

Continuing the scientific career development legacy of Professor Nick Hastie

Nick Hastie
Professor Nick Hastie CBE FRS FRSE

Professor Nick Hastie directed the MRC Human Genetics Unit from  1994 – 2015, and became the inaugural Director of the MRC Institute of Genetics and Molecular Medicine in 2007 until 2016. Ahead of his planned retirement in late 2018, a series of activities celebrated Professor Hastie's legacy including:

  • An international scientific conference "Genes, Development and Populations" on 12-13 November 2018, with international and local speakers including a keynote from Michael Rosbash (Boston) - 2017 Nobel Laureate in Physiology and Medicine and welcome address from Sir John Savill (CEO of the Medical Research Council from 2010-2018 
  • The initiation of the Hastie career advancement award

Hastie Career Advancement Fund

The Hastie Career Advancement Fund was initiated in 2018 to support the legacy of Professor Nick Hastie in supporting, training and advancing the careers of hundreds of research scientists during his time as Director of the Institute of Genetics and Molecular Medicine, and the MRC Human Genetics Unit.

Hastie Career Advancement Fund

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Awards from the fund will provide support to talented early-career scientists at Institute of Genetics and Cancer towards taking the next step in their career. Funds will allow scientific exchange or the generation of initial data to support bids for career development awards in high-priority areas for Institute of Genetics and Cancer, for example fundamental questions of cell function, eye disease, kidney disease, cancer, developmental disorders and population health. Awards will be made annually via a competitive process judged by a panel of Institute researchers.

This fund has been initiated by Nick’s colleagues, former trainees and friends, and we welcome donations to sustain the fund.

A full description of the award and list of award recipients will be curated on the Institute of Genetics and Cancer website.

IGMM Director of Academic Development

Information for applicants link to description of application process and form for open calls  Institute of Genetics and Cancer Early Career Award | The University of Edinburgh


2021 - Andy Badrock

2020- Patricia Heyn and Mari Carmen Ortega

2019 - Carmen Amador and Magda Maslon