Radcliffe Department of Medicine - Cardiovascular Medicine Division
Tell us a bit about your role
Genetic and genomic testing is rapidly developing, and raises many issues about how it should be used in healthcare and its impacts on wider society. I work with clinicians and social scientists, and recently with policy makers, to develop research to understand clinical and ethical aspects of genomics. I also contribute to studies aimed at understanding the role of newly discovered genes to inherited heart disease.
I trained as a genetic counsellor, and before that as a laboratory research scientist. This combination allows me to work across disciplines to understand and integrate perspectives of patients and researchers.
What is the most meaningful aspect of your work?
Learning new things and thinking about how we can benefit patients now and in the future.
Can you tell us about something you've done, contributed to that you're most proud of?
Helping students to become researchers.
What changes would you most like to see in the Medical Sciences in the next 100 years?
I would like to see a kinder research environment where people are encouraged to reach their full potential. I’ve been in science several decades and seen very positive changes, but still certain demographics have advantages and that has probably influenced the kind of research that is valued. I would like to see more focus on a longer term outlook, facilitation of cross-disciplinary research, and thought to be given to a career structure for researchers.