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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.

Latest News

New IGMM BuildingNew IGMM Building

Our new entrance and contact details... Read more

2015 Inglis Award Presented2015 Inglis Award Presented

Every year the postgraduate students in the MRC Human Genetics Unit who are entering the final year of their PhD studies are asked to present their work to the Unit...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.

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