Finding cures for children's genetic diseases

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Robyn Jamieson Head, Eye Genetics Unit

Professor Robyn Jamieson MBBS (Hons I) PhD FRACP (Paeds) Clinical Geneticist (HGSA), Eye Genetics Research Unit Head, Professor of Genomic Medicine, University of Sydney — leads the Eye Genetics Research Unit at CMRI, and heads the Eye Genetics Clinic at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead. She is also Head of the Western Sydney Genetics Program, The Children’s Hospital at Westmead, and Head, Speciality of Genomic Medicine, University of Sydney.

Professor Jamieson obtained her medical degree from the University of Queensland, trained in paediatrics and clinical genetics in Sydney, and is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (Paediatrics) with certification in Clinical Genetics. She completed a PhD in developmental biology at the Children’s Medical Research Institute, and received an NHMRC Neil Hamilton Fairley Fellowship and an RACP Travelling Fellowship to undertake postdoctoral research in genomics and disease gene analysis at the University of Manchester, UK.
Professor Jamieson returned to Sydney to establish a research program dedicated to understanding molecular mechanisms contributing to developmental eye disorders and genetic retinal diseases. Her research has successfully translated to availability of clinical genomic diagnostics in these conditions. Research studies also focussed on novel disease gene identification and understanding of disease mechanisms, to lead onto novel therapies to prevent vision loss. Her research unit has affiliations with The Children’s Hospital at Westmead and the Save Sight Institute, University of Sydney, with support from the Ophthalmic Research Institute of Australia, Cure Blindness Australia, the Rosemary Raymer Scholarship for Eye Genetics Research, and the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia.

Professor Jamieson delivered the prestigious Sutherland Lecture recognising mid-career research excellence at the 2018 Human Genetics Society of Australasia meeting. She was an invited speaker at the European Vision and Eye Research (EVER) Conference, Nice, 2019, and the World Ophthalmology Congress, Barcelona, 2018. She was symposium coordinator and speaker at the Asian Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology 2018 and 2019.