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The Francis Crick Institute

Biomedical discovery institute dedicated to understanding the biology underlying health and disease

We are an independent organisation, established to be a UK flagship for discovery research in biomedicine. Our founding partners are the Medical Research Council (MRC), Cancer Research UK, Wellcome, UCL, Imperial College London and King's College London.

The Crick was formed in 2015 and in 2017 became fully operational in our state-of-the-art building in central London, making us the biggest biomedical research facility under a single roof in Europe.

Here 1900 researchers and support staff bring together their wide-ranging knowledge and expertise to work across disciplines and explore biology at all levels, from molecules through cells to entire organisms.

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People at The Francis Crick Institute

Charles Swanton

Medical Oncologist clinician at Francis Crick Institute in London

Carola Vinuesa

Royal Society Wolfson Fellow and Senior group leader, Francis Crick institute, London

James Lee

Clinical Science group leader, Francis Crick institute, London

Sara Campinoti

Post doctoral Researcher at Francis Crick Institute

Clara Correia-Melo

Postdoctoral Fellow at The Francis Crick Institute.

John Pritchard

Diagnostics and Medical device consultant.

Andreas Wack

Group Leader at Francis Crick Instiute.

The Francis Crick Institute News

Understanding air pollution cancer would lead to a new era of molecular cancer prevention

BBC - 10-Sep-2022

Mutations alone are not always enough for tumour formation


Thymus regenerated from human cells in mice

Medical Xpress - 11-Dec-2020

Will help treat diseases due to immunodeficiency or autoimmunity


Blood test as multi-cancer detection tool

BBC - 31-Mar-2020

More to look forward as it promises early cancer detection when fine-tuned


Taking antibiotics could make your flu more deadly

Independent - 02-Jul-2019

Antibiotics should not be taken without a prescription of the doctor


Artificial intelligence used to detect cancer

Swansea University - 15-Jan-2016

Researchers trained algorithm to recognise specific cell of interest. Also determines a cell’s a...