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Professor Patrick Chinnery named as Clinical Director of MRC

Published on: 26/02/19

Professor Patrick Chinnery has been appointed to the role of Clinical Director at the Medical Research Council (MRC) the non-departmental government body responsible for co-ordinating and funding research in the UK.

Chinnery, whose clinical expertise is in the area of neurology, has worked in various academic and research positions throughout his career. Chinnnery was made Professor of Neurogenetics at Newcastle University in 2004

While at Newcastle Chinnery took on roles of increasing seniority. Chinnery later left his position at Newcastle University in 2015 making the move to Cambridge University where he took on the position of Professor of Neurology and Head of the Department of Clinical Neurosciences.

While in Newcastle, Chinnery acted as Director of the Institute of Genetic Medicine. In Cambridge Chinnery led a research programme on mitochondrial genomics and human diseases in the MRC Mitochondrial Biology Unit.

Professor Chinnery is a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences, an NIHR Senior Investigator and a Wellcome Trust Principal Research Fellow. The academic also chairs the MRC Neurosciences and Mental Health Board.

Commenting on his appointment to his new position as Clinical Director, Chinnery said: “The MRC supports some of the world’s most exciting research into human biology and disease. As a practicing clinician, I want to see these advances translate rapidly to improved healthcare. This new role presents a fabulous opportunity to help deliver this.”

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