Dr John C Achermann Dr John C Achermann obtained his medical degree from the University of Cambridge (1991) and trained in Paediatrics and Paediatric Endocrinology in London/Cambridge (MRCP 1994). Following a clinical research fellowship in Paediatric Endocrinology/Neuroendocrinology at The Middlesex Hospital (1994- 1997), he undertook a Fellowship in Molecular Medicine at Northwestern University, Chicago, USA (1998- 2001) under the mentorship of Larry Jameson, during which time he developed his research and clinical interests in adrenal development, reproductive development, puberty and nuclear receptor biology. His return to London and further clinical training was supported by a UCL Fletcher Bequest Lecturership (2001- 2002) and Wellcome Trust Clinician Scientist Fellowship (2002-2006) (CCST Paediatrics/Paediatric Endocrinology 2005). He was awarded a Wellcome Trust Senior Fellowship in Clinical Sciences in 2006 and is an Honorary Consultant in Paediatric Endocrinology at Great Ormond Street Hospital NHS Trust, where plays a central role in the multidisciplinary clinic for disorders of sex development (DSD). Dr Achermann’s main research interests include the molecular genetics of adrenal and reproductive development and function, and their relevance to human disease or disease susceptibility. His current research focuses on the role of steroidogenic factor-1 (SF-1) in endocrine development and function, as well as the molecular basis of variant or novel phenotypes associated with endocrine conditions and thei r implications for patient care. He is currently investigating novel mechanisms of adrenal and gonadal biology in humans as part of his Wellcome Trust Senior Fellowship and novel genetic aspects of testis development as part of the European Union (FP7) Consortium, EuroDSD. Dr Achermann was awarded the European Society for Paediatric Endocrinology (ESPE) Young Investigator Award in 2002 and the SPARKS Young Investigator Award from the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health in 2007. He is on the MRC College of Experts (2005-2008), Steering Committee of the ESPE Summer School (2006-2009), and the Annual Meeting Steering Committee of The Endocrine Society (USA) (2007-2010). Dr Achermann has published more than 40 original peer-reviewed research articles and 20 reviews or commentaries in his fields of interest in the past 10 years. In addition to this, h e has th contributed chapters to several major textbooks, including Harrison’s Principles of Internal Medicine (16 th th ed., 17 ed.) and William’s Textbook of Endocrinology (11 ed), and has been sub-editor for Reproductive Endocrinology (2004-2007) and Adrenal (2008-) for the ESPE Yearbook of Pediatric Endocrinology. Current members of the laboratory involved in adrenal and reproductive biology research are: Dr Lin Lin (Post-doctoral Research Assistant); Dr Rebecca Hudson-Davies (Post-doctoral Research Assistant); Dr Bruno Ferraz-de-Souza (CAPES PhD Studentship); Sara Tomaselli (Affiliate PhD Student).
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