Straub, Professor Volker

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


  • 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 
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