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The Medical Research Council Human Genetics Unit, a partner in the MRC Institute of Genetics and Molecular Medicine at The University of Edinburgh, is at the forefront of research into human genetics.

Its mission is to understand the role of genes and the genome in normal development and physiology and how changes in genome sequence impact on human health and disease. The Unit's programmes of work cover the themes of rare and common disease genetics, gene regulation and genome stability.

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New IGMM BuildingNew IGMM Building

Our new entrance and contact details... Read more

School pupils gain insight into scientific research and careersSchool pupils gain insight into scientific research and careers

19 high school pupils from across the Lothians attended Science Insights, a work experience programme from The MRC Institute of Genetics and Molecular Medicine (IGMM) and The Roslin Institute and Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies at the University of Edinburgh, in July....Read more

Super-Resolution Summer SchoolMRC Human Genetics Unit Director hosts Super-Resolution Summer School

Professor Wendy Bickmore, Director of the MRC Human Genetics Unit, hosted the second annual ESRIC Super-Resolution Summer School last week...Read more

EM3 PBSDr Luke Boulter awarded the British Association for the Study of Liver Dame Sheila Sherlock Prize

The Dame Sheila Sherlock prize is awarded annually to recognise the enormous contribution of Dame Sheila Sherlock...Read more



The MRC Human Genetics Unit (HGU) at The University of Edinburgh is funded by the Medical Research Council (MRC), a publicly-funded organisation dedicated to improving health by supporting research across the entire spectrum of medical sciences.

Athena Swan Bronze 2014/15
We are delighted to have been awarded the Athena Swan Bronze status in 2014 and will submit for Silver Status in 2015