Katherine was awarded a personal Chair in Health Economics at The University of Manchester in August 2010. Katherine is also a registered pharmacist. Between 1990 and 1993, she worked as a hospital pharmacist and has since maintained links with the pharmacy profession to understand the training needs in health economics, in general, and the evaluation of genomic technologies specifically. She has extensive experience working as an academic health economist with different clinical research groups (pharmacy, psychiatry, genetics). Five years ago, Katherine joined the newly established Health Sciences - Methodology Group, which allowed her to develop applied and methodological grants. In 2007, she was awarded an RCUK Academic Fellowship to focus on the evaluation and valuation of genomic technologies including genomic-based diagnostics and pharmacogenetic tests. Based in the Manchester Centre for Health Economics, established in August 2012, she is now leading a research group that focuses on the evaluation and valuation of genomic technologies and stratified medicine.

Memberships of committees and professional bodies

1990 - Member of Royal Pharmaceutical Society

Methodological knowledge

Model-based and prospective economic evaluations

Stated preference methods including discrete choice experiments and contingent valuation

Valuing health and non-health outcomes


Katherine was awarded a personal chair in health economics at The University of Manchester in August 2010. She holds honorary positions with: the School of Pharmacy, University of Nottingham; PHG Foundation, Cambridge; Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust; and Nowgen, Manchester. Katherine’s interest in the economics of genomics technologies and services started when she worked as the health economist for the North West Genetics Knowledge Park (now called Nowgen) between 2003 and 2007. In September 2007, Katherine was awarded a five-year Research Councils UK Academic Fellowship in Health Economics to focus on the evaluation and valuation of genomic technologies including genomic-based diagnostics and pharmacogenetic tests. Katherine was a member of a NICE Technology Appraisal Committee between October 2003 and 2012.



  • 2000 - Doctor of Philosophy in Pharmacy Practice(Manchester University)
  • 1994 - Master of Science in Health Economics (York University)
  • 1992 - Diploma in Clinical Pharmacy (West Midlands Region/Keel University)
  • 1989 - Batchelor of Pharmacy (Hons): Class 2 Division 1 (Bath University)

Research interests

Katherine has over 20 years experience as an academic health economist and an international reputation for the economics of genetic technologies and services. Katherine has established a number of innovative research collaborations with genetic and other clinical colleagues. Ongoing and recent projects include: evaluation of information provision and models of informed consent in bloodspot newborn screening programmes; identifying and costing pathways of care for people with ataxia; building economic model to identify the most appropriate interval for breast cancer screening; preliminary economic evaluation of high-throughput whole genome sequencing technologies; towards HTA of whole genome sequencing; economic evaluation of risk stratified breast screening programmes; and various economic evaluations of examples of stratified medicines (funded by NIHR HTA; NIHR Research for Patient Benefit; NIHR Programme Grants for Applied Research; EU Framework Seven; Department of Health; MRC).


Joint leader for module on the economics of genomic medicine, Masters in Genomic Medicine, The University of Manchester


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