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Professor Matt Brown

Chief Scientific Officer

Professor Matthew Brown, an internationally renowned clinician-scientist, joined Genomics England in 2021.

Prior to joining Genomics England he was Director of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Guy’s and St Thomas’ Biomedical Research Centre and Professor of Medicine within the Faculty of Life Sciences and Medicine, King’s College London.

Professor Brown trained as a clinician-scientist and a rheumatologist in Australia and the UK. Previous positions include Professor of Musculoskeletal Sciences at the University of Oxford; Director of the Australian Translational Genomics Centre, Distinguished Professor, and Director of Genomics at the Queensland University of Technology; and Director of The University of Queensland Diamantina Institute and Professor of Immunogenetics at The University of Queensland.

He has made contributions to the development of gene-mapping approaches in human diseases and genome-wide association study methodology, leading to the discovery of thousands of genetic variants, with a particular interest in ankylosing spondylitis, rheumatoid arthritis, and osteoporosis.

In the genetics of rare human diseases, he has identified genes responsible for monogenic forms of arthritis, ectopic bone development, and skeletal dysplasias. He has also led efforts in Australia to translate research sequencing capability into precision medicine programs for cancer patients.

Professor Brown was elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Sciences in recognition for his achievements in genetics research. He still practises medicine, in the specialty of rheumatology, with a particular focus on axial spondyloarthropathies.

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