About us

NIMR is a research institute dedicated to studying important questions about the life processes that are relevant to all aspects of health. The Institute is the largest supported by the Medical Research Council (MRC), a national organisation funded by the British taxpayer that promotes research into all areas of medical and related science to improve the health of the British public.

Our mission

What we do

What we doFind out more about what we do at NIMR: the research our scientists work on, and the contributions NIMR has made to the fields of biomedical science.

Director’s welcome

Director’s welcomeJim Smith was appointed Director of NIMR in January 2009. In his welcome he talks about the strengths of the Institute and the plans for the future.

Facts and figures

Facts and figuresFounded in 1913, more than 200 scientists, 100 PhD students and 100 externally funded postdoctoral fellows, home of the WHO World Influenza Centre. Get more quick facts...

Organisation structure

Organisation structureScience at NIMR is organised into four main research areas, which contain 16 scientific Divisions, and more than 200 scientific support and ancillary staff underpin this research.

Scientific achievements

Scientific achievementsA brief summary of some of the achievements of the MRC National Institute for Medical Research.


HistoryNIMR was founded in 1913, and has been at its present location in Mill Hill in North London since 1950.

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