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Welcome to the University of Cambridge Metabolic Research Laboratories (MRL),part of the Wellcome Trust-MRC Institute of Metabolic Science (IMS). The MRL is a cross-departmental institute within the University of Cambridge School of Clinical Medicine, that is housed in the purpose-built Institute of Metabolic Sciences on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus (Addenbrooke's Hospital site).

The mission of the MRL is to undertake basic and translational research relevant to the understanding, prevention and treatment of diabetes, obesity and other related endocrine and metabolic disorders. Investigators retain a departmental affiliation within the University. At present MRL investigators include members of the departments of Clinical Biochemistry, Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Clinical Neurosciences, and Paediatrics. The current director is Stephen O'Rahilly.

The MRL also hosts the MRC Metabolic Diseases Unit, which developed from the MRC Centre for Obesity and Related Metabolic Diseases, one of the six MRC Centres for Translational Medicine established in 2007.

There are close links with other elements of the IMS (MRC Epidemiology Unit,    Wolfson Diabetes and Endocrine Clinic, and the Weston Centre for Childhood and Adolescent Diabetes and Endocrinology) as well as with other investigators in the University of Cambridge, local MRC units and the Sanger Institute.

Recent News

MRL at the Cambridge Science Festival


Congratulations to Fiona Gribble on her election to Fellowship of the Academy of Medical Sciences


Applications welcome for the next EAS Advanced Course, "Cardiometabolic Phenotyping in Rodents"


MRL Scientists feature in BBC2 Horizon special


A role for coenzyme Q in nutritional programming