Kate Bushby

Professor of Neuromuscular Genetics

Newcastle University

Kate Bushby

Prof. Kate Bushby MD FRCP is a Professor of Neuromuscular Genetics. She is a clinical academic with joint appointments between Newcastle University and the NHS. The Muscle Team within the Institute of Genetic Medicine is a partner in the MRC Centre for Neuromuscular Diseases, of which Prof Bushby is Deputy Director.

Professor Bushby has a long-standing interest in inherited neuromuscular diseases, especially Duchenne muscular dystrophy and the molecular genetics of the limb-girdle muscular dystrophies and related disorders. She has also been leading on the best possible development, dissemination and implementation of care guidelines as well as clinical trials. The 70 strong muscle team at Newcastle has developed an extensive programme of research in NMD from basic molecular pathology to clinical studies.

Along with Volker Straub, Professor Bushby was one of the founding co-ordinators of the TREAT-NMD Network of Excellence and remains a member of its scientific secretariat. She is a member of the European Expert Group on Rare Diseases and leads the Joint Action supporting this group. She is Impact work package leader in RD Connect and International PI on the NIH funded international study of steroid use in DMD and the Jain foundation study of clinical outcome measures in dysferlinopathy as well as an investigator in several industry sponsored clinical trials in DMD.