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Hilary Burton, MA, BM BCh, FFPHM

Cambridge , UK
Director, PHG Foundation

Dr Hilary Burton is the Director and one of the founder members of the PHG Foundation and a Fellow of Hughes Hall, Cambridge. The PHG Foundation is a not for profit organisation with a special focus on how genomic and other technologies can provide more effective personalised healthcare and improve population health. Qualified in medicine at Oxford University, Hilary subsequently trained in public health and worked as a consultant in Cambridge. 


Since 1997 at the PHG Foundation Hilary has focused on the genomics context for population health, and, in particular, has led national work on the implementation of new technologies in mainstream UK health services.  She has been closely involved in the implementation of genomics technologies for screening programmes in the contexts of carrier screening, antenatal or newborn screening and has worked with major European Commission research programmes looking at the potential for susceptibility testing for common cancers and cardiovascular disease.


Leading the PHG Foundation has enabled a multidisciplinary approach to this work. Key themes at present for prevention include the clinical potential of whole genome sequencing, importance of data collection and sharing within clinical care,  personal empowerment and consent, the education of health professionals and the resolution of many ethical, regulatory and social issues.


Throughout her time at the PHG Foundation Hilary has been closely involved in genomics policy work in the UK. In 2011/2 she sat on the UK Government Human Genomics Strategy Group and is currently a member of the UK Genetic Testing Network Clinical and Scientific Advisory Group, Joint Committee on Genomic Medicine of the Medical Royal Colleges, the Council of the British Society for Genetic Medicine and the Health Education England Genetics Advisory Board. She is also a founder member of a European group on public health genomics, led from the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Rome.