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2007 - Institute of Medical Genetics

Professor Julian Sampson

Professor Julian Sampson

The University’s Institute of Medical Genetics, based in the University’s School of Medicine, has transformed healthcare in several inherited diseases, and has a long history of outstanding research and international collaborations.

Set up in 1987 the Institute won the 2007 Queen’s Anniversary Prize for work identifying genetic causes of diseases and developing new diagnostic tests and treatments for them, bringing benefits for patients and their families.

Its achievements have included:

Since wining the Prize the Institute has expanded with a £4.8M investment in new laboratories for more work on cancer genetics. The focus has been on developing new methods of earlier diagnosis and treatment.

Among the most recent breakthroughs has been the finding that a chemical first found on Easter Island could treat the genetic disorder tuberous sclerosis. The Institute is now leading a UK-wide study on a new treatment involving the drug Sirolimus.