Image of the Month: Professor Shirley Hodgson

Our Image of the Month shows Professor Shirley Hodgson at the Witness Seminar on 'Clinical Genetics in Britain: Origins and Development

Professor Shirley Hodgson BSc BM BC DM D(Obst)RCOG FRCP DCH FRSB (b. 1945) began her career as a Paediatrician and General Practitioner. She became a Registrar in Clinical Genetics at Guy’s Hospital, 1980, and worked with Professor Victor Dubowitz at the Hammersmith Hospital on muscular dystrophy whilst doing the work for her DM Thesis. She became a Consultant in Clinical Genetics at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in 1988, and Consultant/Reader in Clinical Genetics at Guy’s in 1990. She specialised in cancer genetics from 1989, working with the Imperial Cancer Research Fund (now Cancer Research UK), developing regional cancer genetics services at Guy's, St. Mark’s and St. George’s Hospitals in London. In 2003 she was appointed Professor of Cancer Genetics at St. George’s, University of London, now Emerita, and has part-time Consultant status in Leicester. Her research investigated inherited aspects of cancer predisposition, she has published widely on the subject, and co-authored several books, including 'Inherited Susceptibility to Cancer' (Foulkes and Hodgson (eds), 1998), and 'A Practical Guide to Human Cancer Genetics' (Hodgson and Maher, 1993), now into its fourth edition with W. Foulkes and C. Eng as co-authors (Springer).

Professor Hodgson has also contributed to several additional Witness Seminars, including, Clinical cancer genetics: Polyposis and familial colorectal cancer c.1975–c.2010 (2013); Medical genetics: development of ethical dimensions in clinical practice and research (2016); Therapeutic implications of muscular dystrophy genomics (forthcoming). 

A selection of video oral history interviews with Professor Hodgson is available here.