The Medical Research Council (MRC) established the MRC Metabolic Diseases Unit (MDU) in 2013. Based at the Wellcome Trust-MRC Metabolic Diseases Unit, the MDU builds on the work of the earlier MRC Centre for Obesity and Related Metabolic Diseases, which was responsible for developing many of the specialised core facilities that are needed to underpin high quality research into obesity and related metabolic diseases. These core facilities underpin virtually all the basic science research taking place at the Metabolic Research Laboratories.
The MDU continues to support and develop the core experimental infrastructure necessary for basic and translational metabolic research in this important area. In addition, the MDU provides direct support for four individual programmes of research, and funds three junior fellows (New Blood Fellows) as they develop exciting and innovative research programmes. With this joint approach, the MDU aims to improve understanding of the mechanisms responsible for obesity and related metabolic diseases, with the eventual goal of developing interventions to prevent and treat these conditions.
See links on the left hand sidebar for information on individual Core Facilities and Research Programmes.