The Institute of Genetic Medicine is home to the Northern Genetics Service, a directorate of the Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. The service employs almost 150 staff who are responsible for clinical and laboratory genetics services for the three million people of North East England and Cumbria from its base at IGM and the Teesside Genetics Unit at James Cook University Hospital Middlesbrough.
Clinics are provided in Newcastle, Middlesbrough and across the region for patients and families with all forms of heritable disease. The directorate's two largest laboratories, molecular diagnostics and cytogenetics are on the IGM site, as is the Muscle Immunoanalysis Unit (MIU) which contributes to the diagnosis of heritable neuromuscular disease and has close links with the Mitochondrial Diagnostic laboratory in the University's Medical School. The Mitrochondrial and Neuromuscular Disease teams (Newcastle Muscle Centre) each have additional national funding from the National Commissioning Group (NCG) to provide specialist services to a UK wide population.