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Professor Stephen Robertson

QualificationsBMedSc MB ChB(Otago) FRACP DPhil(Oxon)
Research summaryCurekids Professor in Paediatric Genetics Director and Head of Clinical Genetics Research Group


Professor Stephen Robertson holds the Cure Kids Chair in Child Health Research at the University of Otago. He is a Paediatrician and Clinical Geneticist with the Central and Southern Regional Genetics Service and in this capacity he consults on families and individuals with known or suspected genetic disease in Christchurch, Dunedin and Invercargill.

Professor Robertson is the Director and Head of the Clinical Genetics Research Group within the Department of Women's and Children's Health, Dunedin School of Medicine. He has a special interest in the genetic determinants of congenital malformations in humans and the ethical considerations of the clinical application of genetic knowledge. Professor Robertson was awarded the Royal Society of New Zealand's Liley Medal in 2010 for his research published in Nature Genetics which questions current dogma that germline mutations in a tumour suppressor gene predispose to cancer. This was his fourth paper to be published in Nature Genetics. His research is funded by Cure Kids, the Health Research Council, the Marsden fund and Lotteries Health.


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