Senior Investigator Profile

First NameKatherine
Award StatusTerm 1
Current PostProfessor of Neuromuscular Genetics
DepartmentInstitute of Genetic Medicine
Telephone+44 1912418757
InstitutionUniversity of Newcastle upon Tyne
NHS TrustThe Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Region NameNorth East
Primary Research FieldGenetics & Heredity
Secondary Research FieldNeurology
BiographyI qualified from Dundee University in 1986 and after working in Edinburgh and Glasgow, moved to Newcastle in 1989. My interest in inherited neuromuscular diseases began then, under the mentorship of David Gardner Medwin and John Harris. Through a series of Muscular Dystrophy Campaign and MRC fellowships I was able to develop a clinical academic career-it has been a good and exciting time to be in Genetics! Over this time, my interests have expanded from gene identification and molecular pathophysiology to involvement in guideline development and clinical trials. As lessons learnt in muscle diseases can be extrapolated to the whole rare disease field, policy in this area is increasingly my area of interest, and I am leading a EC funded Joint Action in this area.

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