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About mikebriggs1910

Mike Briggs obtained his PhD at the MRC Clinical Research Centre, Harrow, studying the genetic basis of Osteogenesis Imperfecta. He undertook postdoctoral work at UCLA identifying the genetic basis of chondrodysplasias. In 1996 Mike moved to Manchester as an AR-UK Fellow to continue studying disease mechanisms in chondrodysplasia. In 2004 he was awarded a Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellowship that was renewed in 2009. In 2012 he was appointed Professor of Skeletal Genetics in the Institute of Genetic Medicine at Newcastle University and continues to work on disease mechanisms in chondrodysplasia with a focus on identifying novel therapeutics for these rare diseases. Mike has been instrumental in establishing several European consortia for the diagnosis and research of rare skeletal diseases. These have included European Skeletal Dysplasia Network, EuroGrow and most recently SYBIL, a large-scale FP7 funded project involving 18 partners over 5 years.

Busy Conference Season ahead for skeletal genetics@newcastle university

A vital role for all Newcastle ‘skeletal genetics’ scientists is to disseminate their novel findings to all stake holders within our research community.

‘Team Skeletal’ – including both senior members of the team and early career researchers – will be attending a number of conferences this summer to disseminate our exciting new results.


Beth will be attending the ‘Cartilage Gordon Conference’ and will present her exciting new findings on disease mechanisms in the aggrecanopathies through the in-depth analysis of our new genetic models.


In May Mike will be talking at the Cutting Edge Rheumatology’ meeting in Lund, Sweden on New therapeutic targets in rare genetic skeletal diseases.


Kasia and Mike will be attending the Annual Rubicon Meeting to provide an update on our role in this project, including Pete’s trip to Melbourne and Kasia’s planned trip to Chennai.


In September we are going to push the boat out and field the entire 1st XI (well 6 of us anyway) for our favourite conference!