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Professor Jill Clayton-Smith (MB ChB MD FRCP) - personal details

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Professor Jill Clayton-Smith

Role: Honorary Professor in Medical Genetics

Tel: +44 (0)161 276 6269


Genetic Medicine, Manchester Academic Health Sciences Centre, 6th Floor, St Mary's Hospital, Hathersage Road, Manchester M13 9WL.

Fax: 0161 276 6145




Qualified in Manchester in 1982 and trained in adult medicine, paediatrics and obstetrics before entering the field of Clinical Genetics in 1986. Clinical Fellow funded by Muscular Dystrophy Group at Institute of Child Health London 1988-89 followed by 3 years as an Action Reserach Training Fellow researching into the Clinical and Genetic Aspects of Angelman Syndrome. Completed clinical training in Manchester and accredited as a Clinical Geneticist in 1993. Appointed to the post of Consultant Clinical Geneticist at St Mary's Hospital, Manchester in 1994. Maintained research interests into Angelman syndrome and related neurodevelopmental disorders. PI on a long term follow up study of children born to mothers with epilepsy, with particular experience of Fetal Valproate Syndrome. Current research interests also involve genetics of orofacial clefting and syndromic eye disease.  Involved in aspects of service delivery for patients with genetic disorders; one of the leaders on a DOH funded project between 2004-2007 developing personal health records for patients with neurofibromatosis, achondroplasia and Di George syndrome. Involved in development of genetic testing fservice for Angelman syndrome in Manchester. Active in several lay groups including those for Angelman syndrome, Mowat wilson Syndrome and NOFAS, National Organisation for Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. Lead the Dyscerne Project network which uses a web-based system for submission of difficult to diagnose cases for expert review. This project has also involved development of clinical guidelines for some of the rare dysmorphic syndromes ( Williams syndrome, Kabuki Syndrome, Angelman Syndrome, Noonan Syndrome). My work in the firled of rare diseases has also involved contribution to EURORDIS, the European rare disease network and the UK Working Group om Rare Disease Strategy.

Current reserach interests involve examining the use of newer genetic technologies , particularly Next Generation Sequencing for Diagnosis of Developmental Disorders and Intellectual Disability. We are working on a project to evaluate the use of this technology in the diagnosis of syndromic learning disability associeted with seizures and movement disorder ( Angelman and Rett-like syndromes). We have also been successful in identifying several genes for multiple anomaly syndromes using this approach.

I have a keen interest in teaching at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. I run an annula manchester Dysmorphology Training course which attracts trainees from throughout Europe and farther afield. I have been a Faculty Memeber on several EU teaching courses. I co-organise the Syndrome Identification workshops at the annual Europena Society of Human Genetics Meetings and the International Manchester Dysmorphology Conference which takes place every two years.

Memberships of Committees and Professional Bodies

Fellow of Royal College of Physicians of London

British Society for Human Genetics

Clinical Genetics Society

European Society for Human Genetics

American Society of Human Genetics

Leader, Dyscerne Project, European Network of Centres of Expertise in Dysmorphology

Medical Advisor, Angelman Syndrome Support Group


MB ChB Hons Manchester 1982

MRCP UK Edinburgh 1985

MD (with gold medal) Manchester 1993

FRCP London 1999


Consultant Clinical Geneticist , North Western Regional Genetic Service

Honorary Professor in Medical Genetics

Clinical Lead for Research, St Mary's Division, Central Manchester University Hospitals Foundation Trust


I have a regular teaching committment for 4th year and final year undergraduate medical students. I am also involved in supervision of SSCs, 4th year project options and mentoring of the group of student who are attached to the Clinical Genetics Department for their option.

 I  supervise  MRes student sintercalating between 4th and final years and  MD students

I teach on the MSc genetic counselling course and supevise MSc projects

I act as a mentor for students with special problems

I give a range of lectures to postgraduates form various disciplines and offer teaching in the clinic situation to trainees in various disciplines.

I run the Manchester Dysmorphology Training course for trainees in Clinical Genetics from the UK and the EU.

I have taught on European Training Courses in Genetics as a Faculty Memeber

I facilitate dysmorphology workshops in several European countries including Norway , Denamark and annually at the European Society for Human Genetics Syndrome Identification Workshops.