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Professor Nazneen Rahman

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Professor Nazneen Rahman leads research directed at identifying, characterising and clinically implementing genes that predispose to cancer and developing foundational resources for genetic medicine. She was awarded a CBE in the Queen’s 2016 Birthday Honours in recognition of her contribution to medicine. Team: Genetic Susceptibility

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Professor Nazneen Rahman is Head of the Division of Genetics and Epidemiology at The Institute of Cancer Research, London, and Head of the Cancer Genetics Clinical Unit at The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust.

She qualified in medicine from Oxford University in 1991, and undertook her general medical training in Oxford and London. Professor Rahman completed a PhD in Molecular Genetics in 1999.

Her research work has been directed towards identification, characterisation and clinical implementation of human disease genes, with her primary areas of research being breast, ovarian and childhood cancer susceptibility.

She has a strong commitment to translation of research and is currently leading two national translational research programmes: the Mainstreaming Cancer Genetics programme, which is integrating cancer predisposition gene testing into mainstream cancer services; and the Transforming Genetic Medicine Initiative, which is building foundational resources required to implement genetic medicine safely and effectively.

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