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Professor Bill Ollier - personal details

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Professor Bill Ollier

Role: Professor of Immunogenetics/Co-Director of CIGMR

Tel: +44 (0)161 275 5622


Centre for Integrated Genomic Medical Research
Stopford Building
Oxford Road
M13 9PT

Fax: +44 (0) 161 275 1617




Bill Ollier is Professor of Immunogenetics at Manchester University and Director of the Centre for Integrated Genomic Medical Research. He also currently holds the positions of Honorary Consultant Clinical Scientist with Salford Royal Hospitals NHS Trust, and Visiting Professor in the Faculty of Veterinary Sciences, University of Liverpool.

He graduated with a BSc in Zoology from the University College of Wales, Aberystwyth in 1973 and was awarded a PhD from the University of London in 1979 for his research into renal transplant rejection. He was made a Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists in 2000.

He moved to the University of Manchester in 1988 to set up genetic epidemiology laboratories within the internationally renowned Arthritis Research Campaign’s Epidemiology Research Unit. Professor Ollier’s research has now spanned over 30 years and he has published over 380 peer reviewed publications. He is well known for his studies of histocompatibility and the genetic basis of immune response reputation. He was Chairman of the British Society for Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics between 1994 to 1999.

Over the last 10 years Professor Ollier’s research interests have focussed largely on investigating the genetic basis of common complex disorders. These have centred primarily on rheumatic diseases, inflammatory and autoimmune conditions, neurocognitive disorders, and complex traits in companion animals.

More recently he has developed an interest in pharmacogenetics and research into variability in efficacy and the development of adverse reactions to anti-inflammatory agents and new biological therapies. He has an active programme of pharmacogenetic research in the HIV and rheumatic disease.

Professor Ollier has over 35 full time research scientists in his Unit which houses both the MRC UK DNA archive and the ARC National Repository for rheumatic disease material. CIGMR offers a comprehensive facility for the analysis of complex diseases by combining epidemiological, statistical and genetic approaches with contemporary genomic screens. CIGMR is a key member of the Consortium for Post-Genomic Science.