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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

Join our scientists for an evening of talks and debate into the causes and consequences of the 'obesity epidemic' as part of the MRC Festival of Medical Research

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A study led by Dr Eleanor Raffan identifies a genetic variant in Labradors that may help explain why this particular breed of dogs is prone to putting on weight

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Congratulations to David Dunger, who presented the Banting Memorial Lecture at the 2016 Diabetes UK Professional Conference in March

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The TVP Lab shows stored fat fights against the body's attempts to lose weight

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Prof Sir Steve O'Rahilly awareded the EASD-Novo Nordisk Foundation Diabetes Prize for Excellence at the 51st EASD Annual Meeting in Stockholm. This is the first time this new prize has been awarded.

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Rob Semple awarded the 2015 European Journal of Endocrinology Prize

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Artificial Pancreas on display at the Science Museum

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MRL at the Cambridge Science Festival

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

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

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MRL Scientists feature in BBC2 Horizon special

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A role for coenzyme Q in nutritional programming

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