Professor Karen Temple MB ChB (Hons), MD, FRCP
Professor of Medical Genetics, Director of Human Development and Health,Honorary Consultant in Clinical Genetics,Co-lead of the Wessex Genome Medicine Centre
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Professor Karen Temple is Professor of Medical Genetics within Medicine at the University of Southampton.
Professor Karen Temple is Director of the Academic Unit of Human Development and Health leading a large group of scientists, cllinicians and students in human developmental medical sciences. She is the Professor of Medical Genetics in the Faculty of Medicine and Honorary Consultant in Clinical Genetics at University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust.
The Wessex Genome Medicine Centre is offering a genome test to NHS patients with inherited rare diseases and cancer as part of the 100,000 genomes project. The genome centre is establishing testing in a clinical settings across Wessex and leading research to understand how genetic variation changes human development and predisposes to disease.
Her major research interests are in the genetics, epigenetics and clinical characterization of childhood developmental disorders. She is the clinical research lead for the Wessex Imprinting group, a University NHS partnership which offers diagnostic testing and runs research programs for families with imprinting disorders throughout the UK. Imprinting disorders result from aberrant expression of a group of genes controlled by epigenetic mechanisms established in the developing germ cells. The conditions characteristically impact most in fetal and post natal growth, metabolism and appetite. She has pioneered research into the genetic causes of transient neonatal diabetes (TND), work that has changed the treatment for neonates with diabetes. She runs the Diabetes UK TND national register. She is recognized for her identification of new genetic imprinting syndromes including Temple syndrome, a condition with marked short stature and late onset obesity which has overlap with Prader Willi and Russell Silver syndrome.
Professor Temple is an experienced clinical geneticist, having been a Consultant since 1990 and she plays a major-role in developing the Wessex Genetics Service. This serves a population of over 3 million people in Hampshire, Dorset and Wiltshire. She is past President of the Clinical Genetics Society. She is an international speaker on dysmorphology, one of the chairs of the national dysmorphology group, and has led on the development for UK Clinical Genetics services.
MB ChB (with Honours), University of Birmingham (1981)
FRCP, Royal College of Physicians (1995)
MD, University of Birmingham (2004)
Professor of Medical Genetics, Faculty of Medicine, University of Southampton.
Honorary Consultant in Clinical Genetics, University Hospitals Southampton NHS Foundation Trust.