The mission of the IMS MRL is to undertake basic and translational research relevant to the understanding, prevention and treatment of diabetes, obesity and related endocrine and metabolic diseases. The scientists in the IMS MRL are well placed to fulfil these research objectives, as we encompass a wide range of expertise, including that in genetics, cell biology, cell signalling, neuroendocrinology, bioenergetics, human and animal physiology, as well as clinical trials. Please follow these links for more information on the specific research programmes undertaken by IMS MRL scientists and some of our recent research highlights.
The importance of our mission has recently received crucial support from the UK Medical Research Council. We have been awarded a grant from the MRC to form a Centre for Obesity and Related metabolic Diseases (MRC-CORD). The MRC-CORD (Director Stephen O'Rahilly) will cement the scientific relationships between the IMS-MRL and the MRC Epidemiology Unit which is co-located within the IMS. MRC-CORD also includes investigators in other departments within the University of Cambridge including the Cambridge Institute for Medical Research, the MRC Dunn Human Nutrition Unit, MRC Human Nutrition Research, the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute and Oxford University.