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Hugely Worthwhile Medical Sciences Dinner

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The inaugural Medical Sciences Dinner, held at Bolton School and attended by former and current pupils proved a hugely popular evening.

There was much social interaction over the drinks reception in the Arts Centre as aspiring Medics quizzed Alumni on their chosen profession.

The after dinner speaker was Old Girl Professor Jill Clayton-Smith, who gave an inspirational speech about her time at Bolton School and her career to date. Professor of Medical Genetics at the Manchester Centre for Genomic Medicine, Jill attended Bolton School from 1970-77 before studying Medicine at Manchester Medical School, graduating with honours in 1982. She told how she trained in both adult and paediatric medicine, gaining membership of the Royal College of Physicians, before embarking on a career in medical genetics in 1987. Having undertaken an MD medical genetics at the Institute of Child Health in London, she then completed clinical training and took up a Consultant Clinic Genetics post at St Mary’s Hospital in Manchester in 1994. Professor Clayton-Smith, who has written over 250 peer reviewed publications, spoke of her love of research in the field of rare diseases, her active role in both undergraduate and postgraduate education and how she has recently taken up the role of Rare Disease Lead for the North West Genomics Laboratory.

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