The mission of the Instituto de Medicina Molecular João Lobo Antunes (iMM) is to foster basic, clinical and translational biomedical research with the aim of contributing to a better understanding of disease mechanisms, developing novel predictive tests, improving diagnostics tools and developing new therapeutic approaches.
Located on the campus of the Faculdade de Medicina da Universidade de Lisboa (FMUL), iMM is a Research Unit of the National Ministry of Science and Higher Education. iMM is mainly supported by national public funds and European Union funds. The research expenditure includes additional funds obtained from peer-reviewed competitive grants, private donations and industrial partnerships.
Created in December 2002, iMM results from the association of five former research units from FMUL: The Biology and Molecular Pathology Center, the Lisbon Neurosciences Center, the Microcirculation and Vascular Pathobiology Center, the Gastroenterology Center and the Nutrition and Metabolism Center. The institute is a private, non-profit association.