Prof William Newman MA FRCP PhD

Prof of Translational Genomic Medicine

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

Chair NHSE Clinical Reference Group Genomic Medicine

Chair Education Committee, European Society of Human Genetics 

Clinical Director NW Genomic Medicine Service Alliance


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 bone development and 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 and on rare inherited conditions and have discovered a number of genes responsible for a range of conditions, and complex mutational mechanisms that lead to these.


BSc (hons) Experimental Immunology and Oncology

MB ChB (hons)

MA Healthcare Ethics and Law



Memberships of committees and professional bodies

American Society of Human Genetics

European Society of Human Genetics

British Society of Genetic Medicine


External positions

Visiting Professor , Kasturba Medical College, Manipal

10 Feb 2018 → …

Guest Professor, Peking University

7 Jan 2018 → …

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