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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.

IGMM researchers have been awarded, or collaborated in, a total of 10 European grants with a total value of 15.7M Euros (IGMM share of 10.2M Euros) in the last five years.

The most recent successes* include a European Research Council (ERC) Consolidator Grant which was awarded to Dr Elizabeth Patton  in the MRC Human Genetics Unit for her work on the role of the melanocyte lineage in melanoma. These grants support the emergence of the next-generation of research leaders who are at the stage of consolidating their own independent research programme and can contribute new ideas and energy to science.

Two Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships have been awarded to Dr Charlene Lemaitre in the MRC Human Genetics Unit (Bickmore Lab) and Dr Belen Rubio-Ruiz in the Edinburgh Cancer Research Centre (Unciti-Broceta Lab) to work on the role of the cell nucleus in controlling embryonic development and on the development of biochemically-stable prodrugs whose activation is locally mediated by metallic implants.

Professor Wendy Bickmore (MRC Human Genetics Unit) is a partner in a pan-European network to train PhD students investigating how the three-dimensional packing of the genome influences how genes work and contributes to disease.

"Prestigious Individual EU Research Grants and Fellowships funded through the ERC and Marie Curie schemes are a vital component of IGMM science and are a reflection of the Institute's growing International status. The ERC consolidator award will enable Liz Patton to add a new dimension to her exciting translational programme. Liz joins 5 other ERC grant holders in the IGMM, 3 at advanced level (Wendy Bickmore , Margaret Frame and Tim Aitman) and two with starter grants (Andrew Jackson and Omar Albagha) . The Marie Curie Fellowships attest to the quality of the talented postdoctoral fellows we are fortunate to recruit from across the EU."

Professor Nick Hastie, IGMM Director







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Apply now: 2015 Science Insights work experience programme: March 2015Apply now: 2015 Science Insights work experience programme









Science Insights is  a fun and insightful 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.


Up to 20 high school students will spend a week (27th – 31st July) following a varied programme of activities on three different University of Edinburgh campuses, gaining a real insight into research and work in biological sciences.


Activities will include:

• Shadowing researchers in the lab

• Tours of a range of scientific facilities

• Presentations and discussions on a range of topics, such as ethics in research, the use of animals in research and various careers paths

• Opportunities to meet current University of Edinburgh students

• Skills session to help with future university and job applications


Applications for the 2015 Science Insights programme are open until Friday 24th April 2015. For more information and to apply: www.scienceinsights.ed.ac.uk