Skip to main content
Premium Trial:

Request an Annual Quote

U of Edinburgh Receives $95M for Genetics Institutes

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The University of Edinburgh said today that it has won £60million ($94.8 million) in new funding from the Medical Research Council to support its genetics and genomics research programs.

It also has received a £3.5 million award from the Wellcome Trust and Wolfson Foundation to help fund the building of a new systems medicine center.

The MRC funding will be used to fund research at Edinburgh's MRC Human Genetics Unit and the MRC Institute of Genetics and Medicine (IGMM) into a range of conditions, such as schizophrenia, cystic fibrosis, and genetic eye disorders, and to develop and test new therapies. IGMM is a partnership between the MRC, the University of Edinburgh's Centre for Molecular Medicine, and Cancer Research UK.

"The majority of the [MRC funding] will continue to fund ongoing programs in the Human Genetics Unit, IGMM and Human Genetics Unit Director Nick Hastie said in video statement today.

"However, a significant proportion – 10 to 20 percent – combined with money from the University of Edinburgh, will allow us to do exciting new science, to recruit [new scientists], to buy new microscopes for imaging of cancer cells, to build a brand new PhD program, and help us integrate with the National Health Service."

The £3.5 million in funding from the Wellcome Trust and the Wolfson Foundation, awarded under the Wellcome-Wolfson Capital Awards program, will support a new systems medicine building that will begin construction at Edinburgh's Western General Hospital in 2013.

The five-story systems medicine building will total 2,700 meters squared, and will "create a physical and intellectual bridge between centers that make up the IGMM. In addition to research spaces, the facility will include spaces for computational biology, a seminar room, offices, and an "open design" to encourage research collaborations, according to IGMM.

The remainder of the estimated £10.2 million for the systems medicine facility will be provided by the University of Edinburgh and the MRC.

The Scan

New Study Highlights Role of Genetics in ADHD

Researchers report in Nature Genetics on differences in genetic architecture between ADHD affecting children versus ADHD that persists into adulthood or is diagnosed in adults.

Study Highlights Pitfall of Large Gene Panels in Clinical Genomic Analysis

An analysis in Genetics in Medicine finds that as gene panels get larger, there is an increased chance of uncovering benign candidate variants.

Single-Cell Atlas of Drosophila Embryogenesis

A new paper in Science presents a single-cell atlas of fruit fly embryonic development over time.

Phage Cocktail Holds Promise for IBD

Researchers uncovered a combination phage therapy that targets Klebsiella pneumonia strains among individuals experiencing inflammatory bowel disease flare ups, as they report in Cell.