MRC Human Genetics Unit
Medical Research Council Human Genetics Unit

Innovation, Impact and Open Science

Promoting a culture of knowledge and skill sharing and translating our findings to the clinic.


IGMM clinical impact

Our mission is to identify molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying normal human development and disease, including cancer, and translate these findings for clinical benefit.


In order to maximise the impact of our work on human health we aim, where appropriate, to:

  • Widely disseminate scientific discoveries through open access publishing and data sharing
  • Promote a culture of translation at the Institute of Genetics and Cancer supported by appropriate events and training
  • Collaborate with industrial and NHS partners.
  • Identify, develop and, where appropriate, partner scientific discovery with potential for translation
  • License our intellectual property in an exclusive or non-exclusive manner
  • Form spin out companies

Enquiries regarding partnership or commercialisation may be addressed to:  Sarah Trewick, Edinburgh Innovations

The Genomic Data Analysis Centre

The Genomic Data Analysis Centre is a University facility located at the Institute of Genetics and Cancer, supported by the MRC Human Genetics Unit.

Impact case studies

Examples of how MRC Human Genetics Unit research has been translated for health and economic benefit.

Innovation & knowledge transfer

IGMM building sky
Partnerships, licensing and commercialisation

Our data and resources

MRC HGU data
Learn more about our data, tools and resources and how to access them.