Human genome variants associated with intellectual disability drive different patterns of gene expression (green and red) in transgenic zebrafish.

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

Dr David Hunt awarded drug safety prize by the MHRADr David Hunt awarded drug safety prize by the MHRA

Dr David Hunt, a Wellcome Intermediate Clinical Fellow based at the IGMM, has been awarded the Sir Derrick Dunlop Prize by the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA)...Read more

Doors Open Day 2015
Visit us: Edinburgh Doors Open Day, Sat 26th Sept

Edinburgh Doors Open Day, organised by the Cockburn Association, is your chance to explore some of Edinburgh’s architecturally and culturally significant buildings - all for free...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