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Professor Jill Clayton-Smith

Consultant in Clinical Genetics and Honorary Professor in Medical Genetics at The University of Manchester

Qualifications: MB ChB Hons MD FRCP

Registration: GMC 2613811

Professional Bodies: Royal College of Physicians of London, Clinical Genetics Society, British Society For Genetic Medicine, European Society of Human Genetics, Cranio-facial Society of Great Britain and Ireland

Roles: Consultant Clinical Geneticist, Honorary Professor in Medical Genetics, University of Manchester

Contact details: Tel: +44 161 276 6269; Fax +44 161 276 6145


Professor Clayton-Smith graduated from University of Manchester Medical School in 1982 and trained in cardiothoracic medicine, obstretics and gynaecology and paediatrics before entering the specialty of Clinical Genetics in 1987. From 1988-1991 she worked at the Institute of Child Health in London as a Clinical Fellow funded by the Muscular Dystrophy Group and then as an Action Research Training Fellow. She completed an MD on Angelman syndrome, in which she has retained a clinical and research interest for over 25 years. Jill is medical advisor for ASSERT, the Angelman support group and for the MECP2 duplication family group. Clinical interests include paediatric genetic eye disease and oro-facial clefting. She currently coordinates ERN ITHACA, a European Reference Network for Congenital Malformations and Intellectual Disability. She has an interest in genetic education and coordinates the module on Common and Rare Genetic Disorders for the Manchester MSc for Genomic Medicine in addition to undertaking undergraduate and post-graduate teaching and supervision of postgraduate research.

Clinics: Paediatric genetic clinics (Dysmorphology and intellectual disability). One monthly clinic at Saint Mary’s Hospital, monthly clinics at Rochdale infirmary and two-monthly clinics at Royal Preston Hospital, Paediatric genetic eye clinic. A monthly joint clinic with Mr Sus Biswas from Manchester Royal Eye Hospital and Professor Graeme Black. Held first Friday of the month. Multidisciplinary Angelman Syndrome Clinic held three monthly with representation from paediatrics, neurodisability, physiotherapy, psychology, speech and language therapy, epilepsy nurse and the Angelman Support Group.