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Professor Bill Newman (MA FRCP PhD) - personal details

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Professor Bill Newman

Role: Professor of Translational Genomic Medicine

Tel: +44 (0)161 276 4150


Manchester Centre for Genomic Medicine

St Mary's Hospital

University of Manchester

Manchester M13 9WL


Fax: +44 (0)161 276 6145




I am a clinician scientist. I studied Medicine at Manchester University and completed professional training in adult medicine in the North West of England. I started training in Clinical Genetics in 1995 and undertook a PhD as a Wellcome Trust Clinical Training Fellow on the Genetics of Osteoarthritis in the Wellcome Trust Cell Matrix Centre. I moved to Toronto to undertake a two year Arthritis Society Fellowship with Professor Kathy Siminovitch where I worked on the genetic basis of rheumatoid arthritis and inflammatory bowel disease.

I took up my post as Clinical Senior Lecturer in Genetics at the University of Manchester and Honorary Consultant at St Mary's Hospital in 2004 and was awarded my Chair in 2013. My research has focussed on pharmacogenetics - defining the genetic factors that influence how patients respond to their medications. I have an interest in the use of different technologies to define disease causing genes and have used SNP arrays and next generation sequencing approaches to identify a number of novel genes responsible for a range of conditions. I have established a Genome Clinic to use next generation sequencing to diagnose conditions that it was previously challenging to correctly define. This is now leading to studies to discover specific treatments for inherited disorders.

Memberships of Committees and Professional Bodies

American Society of Human Genetics

European Society of Human Genetics

British Society of Genetic Medicine



Bill is Professor of Translational Genomic Medicine in The Manchester Centre for Genomic Medicine at the University of Manchester and Honorary Consultant at Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Director of the Manchester Genomic Medicine Centre for the 100,000 Genomes Project

Research Group Lead, Manchester Centre for Genomic Medicine, University of Manchester 2010-

Chair,  British Society of Genetic Medicine 2015-2017

Executive Board Member (2012- ) & Scientific Programme Committee, European Society of Human Genetics (2013-)

Lead for Genetics, Clinical Local Research Network 2010-


I am the Deputy Course Director of the newly formed MRes in Genetic Medicine

I am also on the steering committees of the MRes in Genetic Medicine and MSc in Genetic Counselling

I am advisor  to undergraduates on the MBChB programme  and teach students on this course through lectures, project options and SSC placements

I undertake teaching to postgraduate doctors as part of core medical training and to Specialist registrars in Genetic Medicine.

External Examiner for MRes Genetics University of Birmingham 2011-12

External Examiner Undergraduate Genetics University of Leeds 2009-12

External Examiner Undergraduate Genetics, University of Newcastle 2013-