Our contribution to COVID-19

We are helping the NHS and supporting COVID-19 testing. Find out more about our contributions: lms.mrc.ac.uk/news. The results of our COVID-19 risk assessment can be found here.

Our Research

The MRC London Institute of Medical Sciences (LMS) is a vibrant research environment where scientists, clinicians and patients collaborate to advance the understanding of biology and its application to medicine. The LMS pursues world-leading discovery science with a particular emphasis on interdisciplinary approaches involving engineering and the physical sciences. Our research aims to address major health challenges (such as obesity, diabetes, heart disease and cancer), investigate the interplay between genes and environment, and understand the molecular basis of disease, development and ageing. Our proximity to the growing life sciences hub in White City, West London provides unique collaboration opportunities with Imperial College London and with industry.

Research groups at the LMS are supported in their delivery of world-class science by our state-of-the-art facilities.

LMS research programmes are focused in three sections:

– Epigenetics

– Quantitative Biology

– Genes and Metabolism

Our Partners

The LMS places a high value on scientific collaborations, the training of the next generation of scientists and the translation of research findings into clinical and industry applications. We work with multiple partners in a number of areas from research and training to public engagement and education. We have a long established partnership with Imperial College London through our location at the Hammersmith Hospital Campus and with researchers across the Faculties of Medicine, Natural Sciences and Engineering. Our strategic partnerships with the Imperial Academic Health Science Centre (AHSC) and NIHR Imperial Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) enable the direct translation of our research discoveries into improvements in human health.



LMS is renowned for its creative outreach, public engagement and communications activities. These include BPoD, a daily intriguing or beautiful image from the world of biomedical science with a 150-word summary, Heroes of Health comic book and the Suffrage Science awards scheme which celebrates and inspires women in science.