Our Image of the Month shows Professor Kate Bushby at the Witness Seminar on ‘The Therapeutic Implications of Muscular Dystrophy Genomics’.
Professor Kate Bushby MBChB MSc MD FRCP (b. 1962) graduated in Medicine from the University of Dundee in 1986. She moved to Newcastle upon Tyne in 1989 to participate in a newly established MSc in Genetics, where her project brought her under the mentorship of Dr David Gardner-Medwin and began a career-long interest in muscular dystrophy. As an MRC Training Fellow and Clinician Scientist in Newcastle, she developed a research programme into the genetics of rare forms of muscular dystrophy and took over the clinical management of muscular dystrophies for the north of England, as well as initiating and leading the national service for rare inherited muscular dystrophies. Alongside Professors Straub, Lochmuller, and Horvath, Kate led the Newcastle muscle team not only to further basic research and a world-leading role in clinical trials, but also to the coordination of a series of large-scale projects aimed at enhancing treatment and care opportunities for patients with muscular dystrophies, including the global translational research network TREAT-NMD. In 2015 the muscle team was awarded University Research Centre status as the John Walton Muscular Dystrophy Research Centre. She is coordinator of the first wave European Reference Network for rare neuromuscular diseases (EURO-NMD).