University of Manchester

Wellcome Trust Centre for Cell Matrix Research,
Faculty of Life Sciences,
University of Manchester,
The Michael Smith Building,
Oxford Road,
Manchester,
M13 9PT,
UK

The University of Manchester has a global reputation for being at the forefront of innovative and enterprising research. With research funding in the region of £170 million rising per year and excellent UK Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) results. In the 2001 RAE the separate institutions UMIST and the Victoria University Manchester together accrued a total of 46 top grades of 5* and 5 for its research activity.

The Faculty of Life Sciences (FLS) comprises the departments of Biomolecular Sciences, Optometry and Neuroscience from UMIST and the School of Biological Sciences with the Centre for History of Science, Technology and Medicine from the Victoria University of Manchester. With 1,500 undergraduate students, more than 1,000 people involved in research and an annual budget of over £100m, it is now one of the largest and most successful unified teaching and research institutes in Europe.

The Wellcome Trust Centre for Cell-Matrix Research (WTCCMR) [http://www.ls.manchester.ac.uk/wtccmr/] is an interdisciplinary research centre embedded within the Faculty of Life Sciences at The University of Manchester. The Centre was established in 1995 with the long-term aims of elucidating the structure and function of extracellular matrices and cell-matrix adhesions, defining the contribution of cell-matrix interactions to human diseases, and developing approaches for preventing and treating these diseases. The Centre, which comprises 22 group leaders and a total of 170 research staff, is supported by a core award from the Wellcome Trust and has research grants to the value of £30M. Major capital equipment within FLS includes histology, transgenic, proteomic, microarray, bioinformatic, light and electron microscopy core facilities which are supported by full time Scientific Officers and research technicians.