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Dr John McDermott is an NIHR Doctoral Research Fellow at the University of Manchester and a Clinical Genetics Speciality Registrar. He was appointed as the UK’s first Academic Clinical Fellow in Genomic Medicine in 2016. Working at the Manchester Centre for Genomic Medicine (MCGM) his research focuses on the application genetic and genomic technologies in the acute and everyday healthcare settings. As part of the Newman Laboratory he was awarded funding from the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) to undertake the world’s first trial of a genetic test in the acute setting to avoid hearing loss in neonates. The Pharmacogenetics to Avoid Loss of Hearing (PALOH) trial and other similar projects require extensive colaboration between industry, academia and clinicians. This collaborative approach is encouraged at the MCGM and in 2018 Dr McDermott was awarded the NIHR Clinical Research Network award for outstanding contribution to UK research. In 2015 Dr McDermott was a visiting scholar at the MIT and Harvard Broad Institute where he first worked with large “multi-omic” datasets. In 2018 he was awarded the Vienna Medal by the European Society of Human Genetics for his translational research. He is a University of Manchester alumnus and is passionate about the unique opportunities for population health research across the region.  Dr McDermott is currently an NIHR Doctoral Research Fellow, investigating models for implementing pharmacogenetics within the NHS. 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities

Education/Academic qualification

Master of Science

Award Date: 1 Oct 2020

Postgraduate Diploma, Membership of the Royal Colleges of Physicians of the United Kingdom (London)

Award Date: 1 Mar 2019

Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, The University of Manchester

Award Date: 1 Jul 2015

Bachelor of Science, Pathology

Award Date: 1 Aug 2012

External positions

NIHR Academic Clinical Fellow in Genomic Medicine, Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust

31 Aug 201730 Sept 2030

Areas of expertise

  • R Medicine (General)
  • QH426 Genetics

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Advanced Materials in Medicine


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