John Burn (geneticist)

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Professor Sir John Burn
Born (1952-02-06) 6 February 1952 (age 65)[1]
Spouse(s) Lady Linda Majorie Burn[1]
Awards Knight Bachelor (2010)
FMedSci (2000)[1]
Doctor of Medicine (1990)
Scientific career
Institutions Newcastle University
Great Ormond Street Hospital[2]
Royal Victoria Infirmary[1]

Professor Sir John Burn (born 6 February 1952) FRCP FRCPE FRCOG FRCPCH FMedSci is a British Professor of Clinical Genetics at Newcastle University.[2][3][4][5]


Burn was born and raised in North East England. He was educated at Barnard Castle Grammar School, now Teesdale School[1] and Newcastle University Medical School from 1976 to 1980 from which he was awarded a Bachelor of Medical Sciences degree in 1973, a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery in 1976 and a Doctor of Medicine degree in 1990.[1]


Professor Sir John Burn obtained an MD with distinction, a first class honours degree in human genetics from Newcastle University, where he has been Professor of Clinical Genetics since 1991 and a consultant specialist since 1984.[6] He led the regional NHS Genetics Service for 20 years and helped to create the Centre for Life which houses an education and science centre alongside the Institute of Genetic Medicine[6] and Northgene Ltd,[7] the identity testing company he launched in 1995. He chairs DNA device company QuantuMDx.[8] He is also a non-Executive Director of NHS England. He has been newly appointed as Executive Chairman of Global Variome Ltd, a not-for-profit company supporting services to the international coordination work of the Human Variome Project.[9]


In 2010, Burn was awarded a Knights Bachelor by Her Majesty for his outstanding services to medicine.[10] He was chosen as one of the first 20 ‘local heroes’ to have a brass plaque on Newcastle Quayside in 2014.[11] He received the Living North award in 2015 for services to the North East 2000 – 2015.[12]


  1. ^ a b c d e f "BURN, Sir John". Who's Who 2013, A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc, 2013; online edn, Oxford University Press. (subscription required)
  2. ^ a b John Burn in Debretts
  3. ^ Burn, J. (2013). "Should we sequence everyone's genome? Yes". BMJ. 346: f3133. PMID 23694691. doi:10.1136/bmj.f3133. 
  4. ^ List of publications from Microsoft Academic Search
  5. ^ John Burn's publications in Google Scholar
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  10. ^ BBC News - Knighthood for leading geneticist Professor Burn
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