ICGNMD Centre Leadership Team
Centre Director and Lead Principal Investigator: Professor Michael Hanna FRCP(UK), FMedSci
Professor Michael G Hanna FRCP(UK), FMedSci is Director of the International Centre for Genomic Medicine in Neuromuscular Disease in addition to his roles as Director of the UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology and Consultant Neurologist
Co-Director, Clinical Genetics Co-Lead: Professor Henry Houlden MD, PhD, FRCPath, FRCP
Professor Houlden holds a Chair in Neurology and Neurogenetics. He co-directs ICGNMD and co-leads on clinical genetics with Professor Chinnery in addition to his role as Head of the Neurogenetics Laboratory at Queen Square Institute of Neurology. His ICGNMD role focuses on management of genomic analysis of ICGNMD samples using a combination of wet lab and bioinformatic techniques.
Co-Director, Fellowships Lead: Professor Mary Reilly MD, FRCP, FRCPI
In addition to ICGNMD Co-Directorship, Professor Reilly leads on ICGNMD’s UK and international Fellowships, working closely with ICGNMD Fellows Tutor Dr Rob Pitceathly and UK Fellows Leads Professor Rita Horvath (Cambridge) and Professor Bobby McFarland (Newcastle). Professor Reilly is Head of the Division of Clinical Neurology at the UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology.
Dr Lindsay Wilson, ICGNMD Research Centre Manager
UCL - Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health (UCL GOS ICH)
Co-Director: UCL GOSH ICH: Professor Francesco Muntoni FRCPH, FMedSci
Professor Muntoni is Professor of Paediatric Neurology at UCL GOS ICH. In addition to his ICGNMD Co-Director role, he is Director of the Dubowitz Neuromuscular Centre and a paediatric neurologist.
Co-Director, Cambridge; Clinical Genetics Co-Lead: Professor Patrick Chinnery FRCP FMedSci
Professor Chinnery is Co-Director of the ICGNMD in Cambridge and co-leads ICGNMD clinical genetics with Professor Henry Houlden. Patrick Chinnery is Professor of Neurology at the University of Cambridge, head of the Department of Clinical Neurosciences and an Honorary Consultant Neurologist at Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Trust.
Co-Director, Newcastle Lead: Professor Volker Straub
Volker Straub is the ICGNMD Co-Director at Newcastle University. He is also Professor of Neuromuscular Genetics and Harold Macmillan Professor of Medicine at Newcastle University, Deputy Dean of the Institute of Translational and Clinical Research and the Director of the John Walton Muscular Dystrophy Research Centre.
Professor Wilson Marques Junior, Md, PhD
Professor K Thangaraj
In addition to his ICGNMD Centre PI and India Lead roles, Professor Thangaraj is Centre Principal Investigator at the CSIR Centre for Cellular & Molecular Biology (CCMB) and Director of the Centre for DNA Fingerprinting and Diagnostics (CDFD), Hyderabad.
Professor Francois van der Westhuizen PhD
Alongside his ICGNMD Centre PI and South Africa Lead roles, Professor van der Westhuizen is Deputy Dean (Research and Innovation) in the Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences at North-West University
Professor Haluk Topaloğlu, MD, Professor of Paediatrics and Neurology
Professor Uluç Yis, Professor of Medicine, Dokuz Eylül Üniversitesi
Dr Yavuz Oktay, Assistant Professor, Izmir Biomedicine and Genome Center (iBG) / Dokuz Eylül Üniversitesi
Dr David Bearden, MD
In addition to his ICGNMD Zambia Lead and Co-Investiagtor roles, Dr Bearden is an Assistant Professor in Paediatric Neurology at the University of Rochester Medical Centre, and divides his time between the US and University Teaching Hospital, Lusaka, Zambia.