San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Salford Royal’s Research + Development Director Professor Bill Ollier will give our ninth Professorial Lecture on Wednesday 14 December.
He became Director of Research and Development at Salford Royal in 2010 and combines this role with his work as Professor of Immunogenetics at The University of Manchester and Director of the Centre for Integrated Genomic Medical Research. He is also an Honorary Professor at Salford University.
During his 28 years based in Manchester University his research interests have focussed mainly on investigating the genetic and epidemiological basis of common complex autoimmune and inflammatory disorders including rheumatic neuro-immune diseases. He has collaborated and published with many clinical researchers in Greater Manchester. He was involved in the initial and early discussions leading to the subsequent UK Biobank longitudinal health study and he is a long serving member of the UK Biobank Board of Directors.
In recent years he has worked extensively on spontaneously occurring canine autoimmune conditions in domestic pedigree breeds in collaboration with the European Veterinary Community as a comparative way of identifying genes involved in autoimmune pathways. This has inadvertently led to him serving on a national advisory committee on dog inbreeding and health as well as being the editor of the Journal for Canine Genetics and Epidemiology.
Outside the scientific world, he’s a keen musician and songwriter while his love of history has prompted him to write a series of articles for our Newsletter on some of Salford’s past heroes of health, from Edith Cavell to Lance Burn … and he’s an expert on the history and medical properties of rhubarb too!
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Salford R+D is an integrated service overseeing research and development on behalf of Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust and Salford Clinical Commissioning Group.