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Biographical entry North, Kathryn Nance


Geneticist and Neurologist


Kathryn North is a neurologist and clinical geneticist who is recognised as a national and international leader in genomic medicine. Her research has focused on genomic medicine, inherited myopathies and genes that influence muscle performance. In 2010 North led the establishment of the Australasian Neuromuscular Network, an alliance of over 400 organisations supporting the translation of research into clinical practice. She also heads the Australian Genomic Health Alliance and the Global Alliance for Genomics and Health which facilitate data sharing and the implementation of genomic medicine into clinical practice. In 2013 North became Director of the Murdoch Children's Research Institute.



Education - PhD, University of Sydney
1994 - 1999
Career position - Chair, International Neurofibromatosis Cognitive Taskforce
1996 -
Career position - Chair, Medical and Scientific Advisory Board, Neurofibromatosis Association of Australia
1996 -
Career position - Foundation Member, European Neuromuscular Centre International Consortium on Nemaline Myopathy
Career position - Co-Founder and Head, Institute of Neuroscience and Muscle Research, Westmead Children's Hospital, Sydney
2001 - 2004
Career position - Executive Board Member, World Muscle Society
2002 - 2009
Career position - Member, Scientific Advisory Committee, Bruce LeFroy Centre for Genetic Research, Murdoch Children's Research Institute, Melbourne
2003 - 2006
Career position - Chair, Scientific Program Committee, Human Genetics Society of Australasia
2004 - 2010
Career position - Head, Discipline of Paediatrics and Child Health, Westmead Children's Hospital, Sydney
2004 - 2013?
Career position - Douglas Burrows Professor of Paediatrics, Faculty of Medicine, University of Sydney
2004 - 2013?
Career position - Associate Dean, Westmead Children's Hospital, Sydney
2009 -
Career position - Chair, Scientific Advisory Committee, Bruce LeFroy Centre for Genetic Research, Murdoch Children's Research Institute, Melbourne
2009 -
Career position - Chair, International Committee for standards of Diagnosis in Congenital Myopathies
2010 -
Career position - Inaugural Chair and Convenor, Australasian Neuromuscular Network
2010 -
Career position - Expert Panellist, Congenital Muscular Dystrophy, American Association of Neurologists
Award - GlaxoSmithKline Award for Research Excellence
Award - Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for service to medicine in the field of neuromuscular and neurogenetics research, paediatrics and child health as a clinician and academic, and to national and international professional organisations
Award - Ramaciotti Medal for Excellence in Biomedical Research, Ramaciotti Foundation
2012 - 2018
Career position - Chair, Research Committee, National Health and Medical Research Council
2012 - 2018
Career position - Member of Council, National Health and Medical Research Council
2013 -
Career position - Vice-Chair, Global Alliance for Genomics and Health
Award - Foundation Fellow and Member of Council, Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences
2015 -
Career position - Chair, External Advisory Board, Great Ormond St Hospital for Children, Institute of Child Health, University College, London
2015 -
Career position - Member of the Board, Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre
2016 -
Career position - Lead Investigator, Australian Genomics Health Alliance
2016 - 2017
Career position - Member, Expert Advisory Group, Structural Review, National Health and Medical Research Council
Award - Doctor of Medical Science (honoris causa) University of Melbourne
2018 -
Career position - Co-Deputy Chair, Expert Advisory Committee, Genomics Health Futures Mission
Award - Companion of the Order of Australia (AC) for eminent service to genomic medicine nationally and internationally, to medical research in the fields of genetics, neurology and child health, and as a mentor and role model

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