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The Babraham Institute undertakes innovative biomedical research to discover the molecular mechanisms that underlie normal cellular processes during development and ageing, and to understand how, over lifetime, their failure or abnormality may lead to disease. Breakthroughs have increased understanding of medical conditions like hypertension, cardiac arrhythmia and heart failure, infertility, cancer, diseases of the immune and nervous systems and bipolar disorders. This work will hopefully lead to new treatments for these conditions and cures for conditions where there is currently no treatment or where the existing treatment is not fully effective or causes serious side effects. The work of the Institute is recognised as internationally competitive, and in some areas, world-leading.
We also seek to understand better the societal context for our work and to actively and constructively engage with those who have concerns about either the ethical issues or technological implications surrounding our work.
The Institute is a registered charity, sponsored by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), to underpin its national responsibilities for healthcare research and training. Our research is also supported by the Medical Research Council (MRC) and many medical charities and other organisations. The Babraham Institute is located six miles south-east of the university city of Cambridge, UK