The Institute of Genetic Medicine (IGM) was established in 2001 as the Institute of Human Genetics and is one of seven Newcastle University research institutes within the Faculty of Medical Sciences and Newcastle Biomedicine. It encompasses a total of over 150 staff and postgraduate students who, together with almost 150 Northern Genetics Service NHS staff, occupy purpose-built accommodation within the International Centre for Life.
In addition to the IGM, the International Centre for Life comprises the Life Science Visitor Attraction plus a BioScience centre that also accommodates the Newcastle Fertility Centre at Life.
Major University investment has underpinned the rapid recent expansion of the IGM research portfolio, which is focussed on delivering high-quality outputs of major biological and clinical significance.
The Institute was renamed in 2011 to reflect the increased emphasis on world-leading translational research carried out within seven research themes spanning clinical medicine. Our mission statement is:
To harness genetic, developmental and cell biology to understand and treat human disease by developing and implementing new therapies.
The location of IGM provides an exciting research environment and state-of-the art facilities. Thanks in part to major awards from organisations such as the Wellcome Trust, the IGM's laboratories are extremely well equipped for molecular genetic, cell biology and developmental biology research, including a major programme on stem cell biology.
Our work contributes to the consistent success of subjects such as medicine, dentistry and life sciences in the UK and international league tables.