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MRC Human Genetics Unit

Organisational unit: Research Centre

Contact information

Western General Hospital
Crewe Road
United Kingdom
  • Phone: +44 (0)131 332 2471
  • Fax: +44 (0)131 467 8456

Organisation profile


Website: www.ed.ac.uk/igmm


Director: Professor Wendy Bickmore, FRSE, FMEdSci


The Medical Research Council Human Genetics Unit is at the forefront of research into human genetics. Its role is to advance the understanding of genetic factors implicated in human disease and normal and abnormal development and physiology.


The Unit's programmes of work cover the themes of developmental genetics, common disease genetics, chromosome biology and models for human genetic diseases. The unit is one of the largest MRC research establishments supporting approximately 220 scientists, support staff, fellows, PhD students and visiting scientists.


The Unit is a partner in the MRC Institute of Genetics and Molecular Medicine (IGMM) at The University of Edinburgh - an exciting development bringing together the MRC Human Genetics Unit, the Centre for Genomics and Experimental Medicine and the Edinburgh Cancer Research Centre.


Research activities & awards

  1. Senescence UK Symposium

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

  2. Know your enemy: Unlocking the mysteries of the cancer genome

    Activity: Other activity typesTypes of Public engagement and outreach - Public lecture/debate/seminar

  3. Effects of Rapamycin on chromatin- Implicatiosn for Ageing and Tumour suppression

    Activity: Examination typesExternal Examiner or Assessor

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