The Wellcome-MRC Institute of Metabolic Science-Metabolic Research Laboratories (IMS-MRL) and its embedded Medical Research Council (MRC) Metabolic Diseases Unit investigate the mechanisms through which metabolic health is maintained and how this is disturbed in disease. We seek to use that knowledge to aid better treatment and prevention of obesity, Type 2 diabetes and related endocrine and metabolic diseases.
IMS-MRL groups encompass skills in genetics, cell biology, cell signalling, neuroendocrinology, bioenergetics, human and animal physiology, experimental medicine and clinical trials.
Training graduate students for a scientific career is a priority at the IMS-MRL. We have a mixture of both basic science students and clinical trainees and aim to provide everyone with a supportive, stimulating research and learning environment.
The IMS-MRL is the base for the MRC Metabolic Diseases Unit which supports four programmes of research that aim to improve understanding of the mechanisms responsible for obesity and related metabolic diseases.
Together with a Wellcome Strategic Award, it also supports core scientific facilities that underpin basic and experimental science at the IMS-MRL.
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Congratulations to Dr Claire Meek who won the prestigious EASD/Novo Nordisk 2022 Future Leaders Award, delivering her lecture on ‘An unwelcome inheritance: childhood obesity…
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Environmental Impacts on Pregnancy and Offspring Outcomes: Lessons Learned and Avenues for InterventionSeptember 29 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Professor Kavaljit H. Chhabra, University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, USA – ‘Hypothalamic regulation of glucose homeostasis’October 4 @ 1:15 pm - 2:15 pm