Our team

Director of the Centre for Rare Disease Studies Birmingham

Tim BarrettProfessor Timothy Barrett

Leonard Parsons Professor of Paediatrics and Child Health
Institute of Cancer and Genomic Sciences

Timothy Barrett is a Professor of Paediatrics, Honorary Consultant in Paediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes, and Program Director for the Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Facility at the Birmingham Children’s Hospital.

Professor Barrett has published over 100 research papers in scientific journals as well as reviews and book chapters in the fields of paediatrics, diabetes and genetics of childhood diabetes syndromes. He has received major grants from The Medical Research Council, The Wellcome Trust, European Union Directorate General for Health and Consumer Affairs, Diabetes UK and Wellchild.

Centre for Rare Diseases Studies – theme leads

Dr Trevor Cole

Consultant in Clinical and Cancer Genetics and Honorary Reader in Medical Genetics, Rare Disease Lead
Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust

Areas of expertise: Adult and Paediatric Cancer Genetics, Growth, Skeletal and Endocrine Genetic Disorders, Disorders of Sexual Development, Mainstreaming Genomic Technologies and National Strategic Planning in Genetics.

Dr Gideon Hirschfield

Rare Disease Lead, Senior Lecturer, Honorary Consultant Transplant Hepatologist
Institute of Immunology and Immunotherapy

Dr Hirschfield is a clinician and academic with a special interest in Hepatology, and in particular autoimmune liver disease. He is well published scientifically and clinically in his field having made important contributions to the understanding and clinical management of diseases such as primary biliary cirrhosis, primary sclerosing cholangitis and autoimmune hepatitis.

Dr Larissa Kerecuk

Rare Disease Lead, Consultant Paediatric Nephrologist, Transition and Research Lead for the Renal Department
Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust

Dr Kerecuk is the Rare Disease Lead at Birmingham Children’s Hospital and is developing the first Paediatric Rare Disease Centre in the UK for holistic patient care. Larissa also leads the 100,000 Genome Project at Birmingham Children’s Hospital. As Consultant Paediatric Nephrologist, Larissa specialises in treating children with kidney diseases including those on dialysis, who require a holistic approach.

Dr Graham Lipkin

Consultant Kidney Specialist, Rare Disease Lead, and Honorary Senior Lecturer
Centre for Rare Diseases, University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust and the University of Birmingham

Dr Lipkin is the National Lead for Cystinosis and a member of the Gittleman, Primary Hyperoxaluria, Cystinuria, and Pregnancy in CKD Rare Disease Working Groups. His research interests are metabolic kidney disease, renal transplantation, pregnancy in women with CKD, combined kidney and liver transplantation.

Dr Martin R Higgs

Birmingham Fellow for Genomics and Rare Diseases
Institute of Cancer and Genomic Sciences

Dr Higgs’ area of expertise is in the cellular response to DNA damage, and identifying novel regulators of this process. His particular interest is in studying how a single post-translational modification, known as Lysine methylation, regulates this process.