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Prof John Achermann
UCL Institute of Child Health
30 Guilford Street
Tel: 0207 905 2887
  • Professor of Paediatric Endocrinology
  • ICH Genetics & Genomic Medicine Prog
  • UCL GOS Institute of Child Health
  • Faculty of Pop Health Sciences

I trained in Medicine in Cambridge (1991) and Pediatric Endocrinology in London (MD 1997) before undertaking a post-doctoral fellowship in Molecular Medicine at Northwestern University, Chicago, USA (1998-2001). I completed my clinical training with a Clinician Scientist award from The Wellcome Trust and since 2006 have been a Wellcome Trust Senior Fellow at UCL Institute of Child Health and an Honorary Consultant in Paediatric Endocrinology at Great Ormond Street Hospital. My research interests include adrenal and sex development, genetic mechanisms of disease and nuclear receptor biology.

Research Summary

Our main research interests include the molecular genetics of adrenal and reproductive development and function, and their relevance to human disease or disease susceptibility. Our research still focuses on the role of steroidogenic factor-1 (SF-1) in endocrine development and function, as well as the molecular basis of variant or novel phenotypes associated with endocrine conditions and their implications for patient care. We are also investigating novel mechanisms of adrenal and reproductive biology in humans, such as the effects of somatic reversion and other genomic events in modifying SAMD9-related phenotypes, and well as the effects of sex differences and sex chromosomes on development and disease. 

Teaching Summary

I have served on the Steering Committees of ESPE Summer School (2005-09), helped to set up ESPE Science School and worked on the Annual Meeting Steering Committee of The Endocrine Society (2006-10). I had delivered >100 lectures at International and National Meetings, including postgraduate symposia at The Royal Society and Midwives training courses.

Academic Background
2011 PhD Doctor of Philosophy – Medical Sciences University of Cambridge
2009 FRCP Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians – Paediatrics Royal College of Physicians
2008 FEL Fellowship – Paediatrics and Child Health Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health
1998 MD Doctor of Medicine – Medicine University of Cambridge
1996 MRCPCH Member of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health – Paediatrics Royal College of Physicians
1994 MRCP Member of the Royal College of Physicians – Paediatrics Royal College of Physicians
1993 DCH Diploma of Child Health – Child Health Royal College of Physicians
1992 MA Master of Arts University of Cambridge
1990 MB.ChB Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery – Medicine/Surgery University of Cambridge
1988 BA Hons Bachelor of Arts (Honours) – Zoology University of Cambridge
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