Flinter, Frances - professor in clinical genetics


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Frances Flinter, consultant in clinical genetics


Tel: 020 7188 1381
Areas of expertise: clinical genetics, renal genetics, pre-implantation genetic diagnosis

  • Biography

    Professor Frances Flinter has worked in the clinical genetics department for 30 years and been a consultant since 1994. She also has a personal chair with King’s College, London. She accepts referrals of children and adult patients with a wide variety of genetic problems, but not cancer genetics patients.

    Positions and memberships

    • Rare diseases lead for the South London Genomics Medicine Centre (100,000 genome project)
    • Caldicott guardian of Guy’s and St Thomas’
    • Member of the HFEA Scientific review group on mitochondrial replacement therapies, 2016
    • Member of the Nuffield Council on Bioethics working group on mitochondrial replacement therapies, 2011-12
    • President of the Clinical Genetics Society, 2009-2011
    • Member of the Human Genetics Commission, 2000-2012
    • Chair, Medical Genetics Clinical Reference Group
    • Clinical Director of children’s services and genetics, 2000-2007
    • Medical advisor to Alport UK patient support group
  • Education and training

    Frances did her undergraduate training at Guy’s Hospital Medical School. She subsequently trained in children's at the Westminster Children’s Hospital and Guy’s Hospital before a period of research mapping the gene for Alport’s syndrome led to speciality training in clinical genetics.

  • Specialist interests

    • Inherited kidney disease (especially Alport’s syndrome)
    • Pre-implantation genetic diagnosis
  • Awards

    • Elizabeth Wherry award for kidney research (BMA), 1992
    • Guy's Hospital Department of Anaesthetics prize, 1982
    • Frederick George Larkin prize in Surgery, 1982
    • Golding Bird prize in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, 1982
    • Guy's Hospital Medical School prize in Dermatology, 1981
    • Guy's Hospital Medical School prize in Pharmacology, 1978
    • Michael Harris prize in Human Anatomy, 1978
    • Guy's Hospital Medical School Confined War Memorial scholarship, 1978

  • Research interests

    • Alport’s syndrome
    • Pre-implantation genetic diagnosis
    • Regulation of direct-to-consumer genetic testing
    • Pre-conception genetic testing