Sir John Burn

Profile photo of Sir John BurnProfessor Sir John Burn obtained a first-class honours degree in human genetics and an MD with distinction from Newcastle University, where he has been Professor of Clinical Genetics since 1991. He was appointed as a consultant specialist in Newcastle in 1984 and led the regional NHS Genetics Service for 20 years.

He helped to create the Centre for Life which houses an education and science centre alongside the Institute of Genetic Medicine.  He chairs Newcastle-based DNA device company QuantuMDx Ltd.

He was knighted in 2010 and chosen as one of the first 20 ‘local heroes’ to have a brass plaque on Newcastle Quayside in 2014. He received the Living North award in 2015 for services to the North East 2000- 2015.

He is also treasurer and co-director of the international organisation, Global Variome, which seeks to share knowledge of genetic variation for clinical benefit.

Previous roles include President of the European Society of Human Genetics, Head Clinician of the Northern Strategic Authority and Non-Executive Director at NHS England.