Walking With Giants Foundation
Supporting Individuals and Families Affected By Microcephalic Primordial Dwarfism

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WWGF MAB Members

WWGF Medical Advisory Board Members

Professor Andrew Jackson - MRC Human Genetics Unit, MRC IGMM, University of Edinburgh, Great Britain

Professor Andrew Jackson is a Clinical Geneticist and Research Scientist that leads a research group at the Medical Research Council Human Genetics Unit, where he is currently an MRC Senior Clinical Fellow. He is also an honorary Consultant Clinical Geneticist looking after patients and families with a wide range of genetic conditions.

His research groups' work currently focuses on two areas: firstly, disorders of reduced brain size (primary microcephaly and microcephalic dwarfism), and secondly autoimmune disorders of the brain.

In May 2009, Dr Jackson was awarded a prestigious Lister Prize for his work on disorders of brain size. The Lister Institute, the UK´s original medical research charity, has a century long and distinguished history funding biomedical research.

Research Group Members

Dr Louise Bicknell - Senior Postdoctoral researcher
Dr Martin Reijns – Senior Postdoctoral researcher
Dr Carol-Anne Martin - Postdoctoral researcher
Dr Anna Klingseisen - Postdoctoral researcher
Dr Maggie Harley – Postdoctoral researcher
Dr Karen Mackenzie - Postdoctoral researcher
Dr Kaalak Reddy - Postdoctoral researcher
Dr David Hunt - Wellcome Clinician Scientist / Hon. Consultant Neurologist
Dr Jennie Murray - Clinical Research Fellow
Fay Cooper - PhD student (joint with Professor Robert Hill)
Sarah Cox - PhD student (joint with Dr Julia Dorin)
Andrea Robertson-Leitch – Senior research technician
James Ding – Research technician
Paula Carroll – Research technician

Ex-members:

Katy Astell (PhD student) – current position: Postdoctoral researcher, Edinburgh Cancer Research Centre
Ailsa Revuelta (Research Technician) – current position: PhD student MRC IGMM, Edinburgh
Dr Rachel Rigby (PhD student & Postdoctoral researcher) – current position: Postdoctoral researcher, Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine, Oxford
Dr Björn Rabe (Postdoctoral researcher) – current position: Assistant Professor, University of Kiel, Germany
Rachel White (Research technician) – current position: Research technician, Edinburgh Cancer Research Centre
Dr Bertrand Vernay (Postdoctoral researcher) – current position: Confocal Facility Manager, UCL
Dr Ellie Griffith (Postdoctoral researcher) – current works at Genome BC, Vancouver, Canada
Dr Kathryn Brunk (PhD student) – current position: Postdoctoral researcher, Jordan Raff lab, Cambridge

Collaborators

Dr Mike Bober (Delaware)
Dr Carol Wise(Dallas)
Dr Ernie Bongers (Nijmegen)
Professor Bernd Wollnik (Cologne)
Professor Valerie Cormier-Daire (Paris)
Dr Paola Vagnerelli and Professor Bill Earnshaw, ICMB, Edinburgh
Dr Matt Hurles, Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute
Dr Rob Semple, Cambridge
Professor Siddharthan Chandran, Edinburgh.
Dr Alexander von Kriegsheim, Dublin

Walking With Giants Foundation (UK)
Potentials Foundation (USA)
Dr Julia Dorin/ Professor Bob Hill (HGU)
Dr Martin Taylor (HGU)

Click here to visit Professor Andrew Jackson profile page on the Medical Research Council's Human Genetics Unit, University of Edinburgh website

Dr Michael Bober -Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, Delaware, United States of America

Dr Michael Bober is a paediatric geneticist, the director of Nemours' Skeletal Dysplasia Program and an authority on skeletal dysplasias, brittle bone disease, primordial dwarfism and other genetic disorders of the skeleton. He is a frequent guest lecturer and accomplished author.

Apart from being a member of the WWGF Medical, Dr Bober is also a member of the medical advisory board of the Little People of America and the Potentials Foundation.

Since 2007 Doctor Bober has been voted one of Americas' top paediatric doctors by parents and his colleagues. In 2008 recognised as an outstanding scientist and in 2012 was given the Nemours Physician Excellence Award in Scholarship.

Angie Duker -Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, Delaware, United States of America

Angie Duker is a Paediatric Genetic Councillor working with Dr Bober in the Skeletal Dysplasia Program. Her role within the MAB is to informally support any families where needed on the diagnostic process of Primordial Dwarfism, along with helping parents understand what their childs' needs will be. Angie is specially trained to help families understand the genetics of their child's diagnosis.

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