Newcastle University's Institute of Human Genetics (IHG) was established in 2001. 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 IHG, the International Centre for Life comprises the Life Science Visitor Attraction plus a BioScience centre that also accommodates the Newcastle Fertility Centre at Life.
The new location provides an exciting research environment and state-of-the art facilities. Thanks in part to major awards from the Wellcome Trust and the development agency One NorthEast, the IHG's laboratories are extremely well equipped for molecular genetic, cell biology and developmental biology research, including a major programme on stem cell biology.
The clinical infrastructure provided by the NHS Northern Genetics Service includes diagnostic molecular genetics and cytogenetics laboratories and a supraregional muscle centre.