Senior Investigator Profile

First NameLyn
Award StatusTerm 1
Current PostProfessor of Genetics and Fetal Medicine
DepartmentClinical Molecular Genetics Unit
Telephone+44 0207 813 8533
InstitutionGreat Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust
NHS TrustGreat Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust
Region NameLondon
Primary Research FieldGenetics & Heredity
Secondary Research FieldObstetrics & Gynaecology
BiographyLyn Chitty is the Great Ormond Street Children’s Charity Professor of Genetics and Fetal Medicine at the UCL Institute of Child Health, London; she is also a Consultant in the Fetal Medicine Unit at University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. She studied Pharmacology at Manchester University, gained at PhD at King’s College in London, where she also graduated in Medicine. She initially trained in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, and gained her MRCOG before becoming accredited in Genetics. She is now the only Clinical Geneticist in the UK who also practices Fetal Medicine; she has a particular interest in the sonographic diagnosis of fetal dysmorphology and leads a number of joint Specialist Pediatric/Fetal Medicine clinics. She has published extensively on prenatal diagnosis, and the ultrasound screening of fetal abnormalities, specifically fetal skeletal abnormalities, and was responsible for the creation of the fetal size standards now in use throughout the UK and beyond. Her focus is on translational research, with her main current interest being the application of new molecular genetic technologies to prenatal diagnosis, in particular the development of safer, non-invasive prenatal diagnosis (NIPD) of genetic and chromosomal disorders based on the analysis of cell-free DNA in maternal blood. She is committed to developing the standards required for the effective and timely introduction of this exciting new technology into routine NHS practice, and is now the clinical lead for the only public health service laboratory unit delivering definitive NIPD routinely for some genetic disorders. She has recently been appointed as Clinical Director of the NIHR Clinical Research Network: North Thames.

View CVLSC Short CV 2014 for NIHR website.doc

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