Northern Genetics Service

Meet the team

Contact: (0191) 241 8600 - Northern Genetics Service


Management team

Dr Paul BrennanClinical Director / Consultant in Clinical Genetics

  • Clinical Director / Consultant in Clinical Genetics
  • Tel: 01642 282673
  • GMC Code: 3677959
  • Qualifications: BMedSci(Hons), MBBS, FRCP
  • Special Interests

    Inherited cardiac disease
    Cancer genetics
    Endocrine genetics
    Innovative service delivery

  • Directorate

    Genetics

  • Hospital Base

    1. Northern Genetics Service, Institute of Genetic Medicine, International Centre for Life, Newcastle upon Tyne

    2. Teesside Genetics Unit, James Cook University Hospital, Middlesbrough

  • Clinics Provided

    Teesside general genetics clinic (2 per week)

    Teesside cancer genetics clinic (2 per week)

    Freeman Hospital inherited heart disease clinic (monthly)

    Freeman Hospital inherited cardiovascular connective tissue disease clinic (monthly)

    Sunderland Royal Hospital inherited heart disease clinic (bi-monthly)

    Teesside inherited heart disease clinic (monthly)

    Endocrine genetics clinic, RVI (bi-monthly)

  • Name of Secretary
    Debbie Hubbard
  • Paul Brennan 

Mrs Helen WarlowDirectorate Manager

Ms Hazel ForrestAdministration Manager

Dr Christopher KettleQuality Manager

Clinical team - consultants

Professor Sir John BurnProfessor of Clinical Genetics

  • Professor of Clinical Genetics
  • Tel: 0191 241 8759
  • GMC Code: 2311834
  • Qualifications: B Med Sci (Hon); MBBS; MD; FRCP; FRCPE; FRCPCH; FRCOG; FMed Sci
  • Special Interests

    Cancer Genetics

    Health Service Management

  • Biography

    Born and educated in north-east England

    1970-80: Medical training and postgraduate qualification in Medicine and Paediatrics

    1980-84: Senior Registrar in Clinical Genetics, Great Ormond Street, London

    1984 to date: Consultant in Clinical Genetics in Newcastle upon Tyne

    1989-2001: Clinical Director, Northern Genetics Service

    1991 to date: Professor of Clinical Genetics, Newcastle University

  • Directorate

    Genetics

  • Hospital Base

    Institute of Genetic Medicine, International Centre for Life, Newcastle upon Tyne

  • Clinics Provided

    General/cancer at Institute of Genetic Medicine (2 weekly)

    General/cancer at Whitehaven (3 monthly)

  • Name of Secretary
    Lea Lewis
  • Any other Information

    Lead Clinician NHS North East

    Innovation chair Human Genomics Strategy Group

    Genetics lead, National Institute of Health Research

  • John Burn 

Dr Richard FisherConsultant in Clinical Genetics

Dr Alex HendersonConsultant in Clinical Genetics

  • Consultant in Clinical Genetics
  • Tel: 0191 241 8750
  • GMC Code: 4674421
  • Qualifications: MA MB BChir PhD
  • Special Interests

    Paediatric and general adult genetics; cancer genetics.

  • Biography

    I trained in Cambridge and London before moving to Newcastle in 2003. I have been a Consultant here since 2009 and my main clinical work involves patient care across Cumbria. I am also responsible for the training of junior doctors in the department.

  • Directorate

    Northern Genetics Service

  • Hospital Base

    Institute of Genetic Medicine, International Centre for Life, Newcastle upon Tyne

  • Clinics Provided

    Carlisle (2/month)

    Kendal (6/year)

    Penrith (1/month)

    Whitehaven (2/month)

    Newcastle upon Tyne.

  • Name of Secretary
    Trudy Shannon
  • Dr Alex Henderson 

Dr Suresh KomatiConsultant Neuropsychiatrist

Dr Tara MontgomeryConsultant in Clinical Genetics

  • Consultant in Clinical Genetics
  • Tel: 0191 241 8700
  • GMC Code: 3555039
  • Qualifications: BMed Sci, BM, BS, FRCP
  • Special Interests

    General Clinical Genetics

  • Biography

    I work part-time (2 days per week) in Clinical Genetics.

  • Directorate

    Genetics

  • Hospital Base

    Institute of Genetic Medicine, International Centre for Life, Newcastle upon Tyne

  • Clinics Provided

    General Genetics clinics in Newcastle (2-3/month)

    Bishop Aukland (every 2 months)

    James Cook Hospital, Middlesbrough (every 2 months)

  • Name of Secretary
    Trudy Shannon
  • Tara Montgomery 

Dr Miranda SplittConsultant in Clinical Genetics

  • Consultant in Clinical Genetics
  • Tel: 0191 241 8741
  • GMC Code: 3071869
  • Qualifications: MBBS, MD, FRCP
  • Special Interests

    Dysmorphology
    Neurofibromatosis
    Dermatogenetics
    Fetal Medicine

  • Biography

    Following junior hospital posts in Paediatrics I spent six years in research and specialist registrar posts in Clinical Genetics. I became a Consultant at Guy's Hospital London in 1999 and took up my current job in Newcastle in 2004.

  • Directorate

    Genetics

  • Hospital Base

    Institute of Genetic Medicine, International Centre for Life, Newcastle upon Tyne

  • Clinics Provided

    General Genetics (weekly)

    Fetal Assessment (weekly)

    NF1 (monthly)

    NF2 multi-disciplinary (quarterly)

    Dermatology (quarterly)

  • Name of Secretary
    Janet Brooks
  • Miranda Splitt 

Dr Michael WrightConsultant in Clinical Genetics

  • Consultant in Clinical Genetics
  • Tel: 0191 241 8758
  • GMC Code: 3199950
  • Qualifications: MB ChB, MSc, FRCP
  • Special Interests

    Paediatric Genetics, Musculoskeletal Genetics

  • Directorate

    Genetics

  • Hospital Base

    Institute of Genetic Medicine, International Centre for Life, Newcastle upon Tyne

  • Name of Secretary
    Carole Williams
  • Dr Michael Wright 

Dr Laura YatesConsultant in Clinical Genetics

Clinical team - genetic counsellors

Mrs Lindsay O'DairLead Genetic Counsellor

Mrs Oonagh ClaberLead Genetic Counsellor

Mrs Gillian BrighamPrincipal Genetic Counsellor

Mrs Susan FairgrievePrincipal Genetic Counsellor

Mrs Sharron McDonnellPrincipal Genetic Counsellor

Mrs Catherine PremPrincipal Genetic Counsellor

Mrs Lorraine CowleyPrincipal Genetic Counsellor

Ms Stella RobertsonGenetic Counsellor

Mrs Helen BethellGenetic Counsellor

Mrs Susan MussonGenetic Nurse Specialist

Newcastle Muscle Service

Professor Kate BushbyProfessor of Neuromuscular Genetics

  • Professor of Neuromuscular Genetics
  • Tel: 0191 241 8757
  • GMC Code: 3168642
  • Qualifications: MBChB, MSc, MD, FRCP
  • Special Interests

    Inherited Neuromuscular Diseases

  • Biography

    My medical training was in Dundee and I did my basic medical training in Edinburgh and Glasgow. Since 1989 I have worked in Newcastle training in Genetics with a specific clinical and research interest in inherited neuromuscular diseases.

  • Directorate

    Genetics

  • Hospital Base

    Institute of Genetic Medicine
    International Centre for Life
    Central Parkway
    Newcastle upon Tyne
    NE1 3BZ

  • Clinics Provided

    New patient and national referral clinic (NCG)  - weekly
    Adult muscle clinic - approx. weekly
    Others: myotonic dystrophy, congenital myasthenias, arthrogryposis - variable frequency

  • Name of Secretary
    Mrs Anne Nicholson
  • Any other Information

    The neuromuscular team has interests from basic research to clinical trials and is highly multidisciplinary.

  • Prof Kate Bushby 

Professor Hanns LochmullerHon. Consultant in Clinical Genetics

  • Hon. Consultant in Clinical Genetics
  • Tel: 0191 241 8602
  • GMC Code: 6161885
  • Qualifications: Neurologist
  • Special Interests

    Professor Hanns Lochmüller is Chair of Experimental Myology, Institute of Genetic Medicine, Newcastle University.

    A longstanding interest in the molecular genetics of the inherited myopathies and neuromuscular junction disorders, and in the further study of animal models of these disorders as a means to understand their pathophysiology as well as to develop means to monitor disease progression and therapeutic interventions. Ongoing work in these areas in cell and animal models of muscular dystrophy is concentrating on gene transfer, pharmacological interventions and cell therapy.

  • Biography

    Professor Hanns Lochmüller trained as a neurologist in Munich (Germany) and Montreal (Canada). He was appointed chair of experimental myology in the neuromuscular research group at the Institute of Genetic Medicine of Newcastle University in 2007. He was elected Chair of the TREAT-NMD Alliance Executive Committee in April 2012.  He is the coordinator for RD-Connect (305444), an integrated platform connecting databases, registries, biobanks and clinical bioinformatics for rare disease research.

     

    Professor Lochmüller is co-founder and former coordinator of the German muscular dystrophy network (MD-NET), and scientific coordinator of EuroBioBank, a European network of biobanks for rare disorders.  He leads the activity on “patient registries and biobanks” for TREAT-NMD, a European Union Network of Excellence for the development of translational research in rare neuromuscular diseases.

  • Directorate

    Genetics

  • Hospital Base

    Institute of Genetic Medicine, International Centre for Life, Central Parkway, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 3BZ

  • Clinics Provided

    New patient and national referral clinic (NCG) - weekly
    Adult muscle clinic - approx. weekly
    Others: myotonic dystrophy, congenital myasthenias, arthrogryposis - variable frequency

  • Any other Information

    The neuromuscular team has interests from basic research to clinical trials and is highly multidisciplinary.

  • Dr Hanns Lochmuller 

Professor Volker StraubHon. Consultant in Clinical Genetics

  • Hon. Consultant in Clinical Genetics
  • Tel: 0191 241 8655
  • GMC Code: 6084643
  • Qualifications: MD, PhD, Postdoctoral
  • Special Interests

    Genetic Neuromuscular Diseases.

    Professor Straub has had a career-long interest in the diagnosis and care of patients with genetic neuromuscular disease. The main focus of his academic work is on translational research in neuromuscular diseases. He leads a number of national and international clinical trials and has a special interest in the application of MR imaging.

  • Biography

    Professor Straub trained as a paediatric neurologist at the University of Düsseldorf and the University of Essen in Germany.  He wrote his PhD thesis on Duchenne muscular dystrophy and worked as a postdoctoral research fellow at the Howard Hughes Medical Centre at the University of Iowa, USA.

    Within the University of Newcastle upon Tyne he holds the position of The Harold Macmillan Professor of Medicine and Professor of Neuromuscular Genetics. 

    He is a director of the University’s John Walton Muscular Dystrophy Research Centre and holds honorary clinical appointments with the Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and the North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust. He is part of the steering committee of the MRC Centre for neuromuscular diseases and an executive board member of the World Muscle Society. He was founding joint coordinator of TREAT-NMD, which has as its ultimate goal accelerating the development of curative treatments for patients with neuromuscular diseases.

  • Directorate

    Genetics.

  • Hospital Base

    Institute of Genetic Medicine, International Centre for Life, Central Parkway, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 3BZ.

  • Clinics Provided

    Adult and Paediatric muscle clinics - weekly (approximately) in Newcastle and outreach locations.

    New patient and national referral clinic (NCG).

  • Name of Secretary
    Jill Moffat
  • Any other Information

    The John Walton Muscular Dystrophy Research Centre team has interests from basic research to clinical trials and is highly multidisciplinary.

  • Prof. Volker Straub 

Dr Michela GuglieriHon. Consultant in Human Genetics - Neurologist & Senior Research Associate

  • Hon. Consultant in Human Genetics - Neurologist & Senior Research Associate
  • Tel:
  • GMC Code: 6155024
  • Qualifications: MD
  • Special Interests

    Inherited Neuromuscular Diseases

  • Biography

    I did my basic medical and specialist training in Adult Neurology in Milan, Italy.

    Since 2007, I have been working with the muscle team in Newcastle with a specific interest in inherited neuromuscular diseases. I have a particular interest in clinical research and clinical trials, and since 2008 I have been involved in several different trials in Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy and other neuromuscular disorders.

  • Directorate

    Genetics

  • Hospital Base

    Institute of Genetic Medicine
    International Centre for Life
    Central Parkway
    Newcastle upon Tyne
    NE1 3BZ

  • Clinics Provided

    Adult and Paediatric muscle clinics - weekly (approximately) in Newcastle and outreach locations

    New patient and national referral clinic (NSCT)  - monthly (approximately)

    Others: clinical trials in DMD, SMA, Pompe disease

  • Dr Michela Guglieri 

Dr Michelle EagleConsultant Physiotherapist

Mrs Geraldine BaileySpecialist Physiotherapist

Dr Rita BarresiHead of MIU Laboratory

Dr Richard CharltonDeputy Head of MIU Laboratory

Mrs Louise HastingsGenetic Nurse Specialist

Mrs Gail EglonGenetic Nurse Specialist

Cytogenetics

Dr Nick BownHead of Cytogenetics Laboratory

Mr Gavin CuthbertDeputy Head of Cytogenetics Laboratory

Molecular Genetics

Dr David BournHead of Molecular Genetics

Dr Ciaron McAnultyDeputy Head of Molecular Genetics Laboratory

© Copyright Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust 2017 Site by TH_NK