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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 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.

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New IGMM BuildingNew IGMM Building

Our new entrance and contact details... Read more

Student awarded Biochemical Society Undergraduate Recognition AwardStudent awarded Biochemical Society Undergraduate Recognition Award

Elena completed her project on a novel methyltransferase in Dr Toby Hurd’s Lab within the MRC Human Genetics Unit and received a 2.1 Honours Degree... Read more

DNA study could shed light on how genetic faults trigger diseaseDNA study could shed light on how genetic faults trigger disease

A new technique that identifies how genes are controlled could help scientists spot errors in the genetic code which trigger disease... Read more

New European Research FundingĀ New European Research FundingĀ 

The MRC Institute of Genetics and Molecular Medicine at the University of Edinburgh (IGMM) has been successful in obtaining substantial grant funding from the European Union... 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.

The University Unit partnerships, of which HGU is one, maximise the resource available for science by fully integrating an MRC unit with a university. The resulting partnership, with the university as the employer and the MRC as the primary research funder, provides an excellent platform for research.

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