The Francis Crick Institute is a collaboration of some of the most illustrious scientific and academic organisations in the UK and is solely dedicated to understanding the scientific mechanisms of living things. It includes the Medical Research Council, Cancer Research UK, the Wellcome Trust, University College London, Imperial College and King’s College London. The work that is being undertaken will give us the opportunity to understand why disease develops and to find new ways to treat, diagnose and prevent illnesses such as cancer, heart disease, stroke, infections, and genetic diseases.
Much of the research is going to surround human genetics and how it affects all areas of medicine, including drug therapies, treatments and genetic manipulation.
By bringing together scientists from many disciplines, the Crick Institute will help to improve people’s lives and keep the UK at the cutting edge of innovation in medical research.
When the institute is completed and the new laboratory building at St Pancras is ready in 2016, it is expected that nearly 2000 staff will work there including over 1000 scientists working with an annual budget of £100,000,000 a year. The potential strides in genetic research are incredibly exciting and far-reaching and the fight against cancer will be priceless.