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MRC Metabolic Diseases Unit (MDU)
Brief descriptionIn May 2013, the MRC Centre for Obesity and Related Metabolic Diseases (MRC CORD) was developed into the MRC Metabolic Diseases Unit (MDU).
Year established2007
History/ BackgroundMRC CORD was established in 2007 by the Medical Research Council (MRC) and was dedicated to understanding the mechanisms responsible for obesity and related metabolic diseases, with the specific aims of undertaking high quality basic science research to improve understanding of these conditions and to develop interventions to prevent and treat these conditions.

The MRC Metabolic Diseases Unit (MDU) builds on the work of the earlier MRC CORD and continues to support and improve key core facilities for basic and translational metabolic research that have been developed by CORD. In addition, the MDU provides direct support for individual programmes of research that aim to improve understanding of the mechanisms responsible for obesity and related metabolic diseases, with the eventual goal of developing interventions to prevent and treat these conditions.
Main fundersMedical Research Council (MRC)
DirectorProfessor Steve O’Rahilly
StructureThe consortium of investigators that make up MRC Metabolic Diseases Unit (MDU) brings together researchers from the MRL and other world-leading centres in the Cambridge area, including the MRC Epidemiology Unit, the Cambridge Institute for Medical Research, the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, MRC Human Nutrition Research, Cambridge University Departments of Pharmacology and Biochemistry, and the Oxford Centre for Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism.
LocationMRC Metabolic Diseases Unit (MDU) is based at the University of Cambridge Metabolic Research Laboratories in the recently built Institute of Metabolic Science.

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