Partner 4 is based in the Institute of Human Genetics, a flagship Research Institute within the prestigious Faculty of Medical Sciences, Newcastle University. In the 2001 peer-reviewed National Research Assessment Exercise the Institute of Human Genetics was graded 5**, the highest grade possible. There are 27 group leaders and over 200 staff in the Institute. Thanks to a major series of investments by the Joint Infrastructure Fund (Wellcome Trust/Office of Science and Technology), the Science Research Investment Fund (HEFCE), and the Regional Development Agency, One North East, the labs are very well-equipped for molecular and cell biology research. There are transgenic, imaging, microarray, Taqman realtime PCR, laser microdissection, FACs sorting, and other state-of-the-art equipment/facilities within the Institute and core support personnel such as bioinformaticians.
In addition, partner 4 has close links with the Musculoskeletal Research Group in the Medical Faculty, Newcastle University giving access to additional expertise and equipment.