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The Francis Crick Institute

The Francis Crick Institute

The Francis Crick Institute is a national institute for biomedical research focusing on new ways to diagnose, treat and prevent diseases. Its innovative approach involves interdisciplinary collaborative research in an environment designed to bring together different scientific disciplines and encourage new discovery through shared science. The translation of discovery to treatment is made possible through its three university partners. 


The Crick is a partnership between three major funders of UK biomedical research, The Medical Research Council (MRC), The Wellcome TrustCancer Research UK, and three world-leading London-based University partners, King’s College London, UCL and Imperial College London.


The Crick was officially opened in November 2016. lt is the leading biomedical research institute in Europe, located in a new purpose-built research centre adjacent to King’s Cross St Pancras station in London.  The facility houses over 1,500 staff, including 1,250 scientists, many of whom have joined the Crick from the six partner institutions.  


The research undertaken at the Crick focuses on improving the understanding of basic biology which underlies human health and finding new, innovative ways to both prevent and drive forward better treatment of the most significant diseases including cancer, infections and neurodegenerative diseases. 

The Crick itself focuses primarily on basic science and undertakes translation of this research largely through the Academic Health Sciences Centres established by its three University partners and their partner NHS Trusts. 

The Crick is unique, as it has brought together the extensive range of complementary skills and expertise in the biomedical, physical, mathematical, computational and clinical sciences contributed by its partners.  At King's, scientists from the faculties of Life Sciences & Medicine and Natural & Mathematical Sciences, the Dental Institute and the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience will work closely with the Crick.

The Crick Vision

"To discover the biology underlying human health, improving the treatment, diagnosis and prevention of human disease and generate economic opportunities for the UK."

See details of the Crick Science Strategy.

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