Prof John Burn

Prof Sir John Burn

Vice Chairman and Professor of Clinical Genetics, Newcastle University

Areas of Expertise
  • Healthcare
  • Genetics
Sir John was knighted in 2010 for services to Medicine and Healthcare.

He was awarded a first class honours degree in Human Genetics by Newcastle University during his medical training. He completed training at the Hospital for Sick Children, Great Ormond Street, London. He became the first consultant clinical geneticist in North East England in 1984 and leader of the Northern Genetics Service, caring for the three million people of the North East and Cumbria. Professor of Clinical Genetics in 1991. By 2010, the research Institute of Human Genetics (IHG) had 33 team leaders, 18 of them tenured professors; they earned 3rd place behind Oxford and Cambridge in the 2008 UK Research Assessment.

He conceived and helped build the Millennium Landmark Centre for Life opened by the Queen in 2000.  Over 40,000 school children attend practical science classes yearly. Extensive media involvement includes being scientific advisor for the BBC/Discovery series How to Build a Human (2001). He was president of the European Society of Human Genetics (2007) and was Chair/VC of the British Society for Genetic Medicine 2010-2014. He is a senior investigator for the UK National Institute of Health Research. Director Collaborative Group for Genetics in Healthcare and chair of Department of Health Rare Disorders Databases and Registries Advisory Group. He is a non-executive director of NHS England and deputy chair of NHS Specialist Commissioning.

He is Vice Chairman of QuantuMDx.