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  • ​A highly entrepreneurial researcher who designs and delivers cutting edge social science research for the Wellcome Genome Campus, Cambridge, UK

  • Head of the Social Science and Ethics Group

  • Course tutor MSt Genomic Medicine at University of Cambridge (lead for counselling and Elsi modules)

  • Explores the social and ethical impact of genomics on people.

  • Continually asking - how is society responding to genomic technology?

  • Utilises both quantitative and qualitative research methods to gather empirical data on attitudes, beliefs and values about genomics.

  • An enthusiastic communicator who thrives on stimulating discussion, motivating others and inspiring change.

  • Produces outcomes that have a practical value, e.g. films that can be used in teaching and public engagement.

  • Is a subject matter expert on ethics for Health Education England's training for all health professionals taking consent for the 100k Genomes Project.

  • Experienced genetic counsellor who has co-written the core curriculum for genetic counselling training in the UK.

  • Current Vice-chair of the Association of Genetic Nurses and Counsellors in the UK and ROI.

Dr Middleton has had two parallel careers: 
  • The first as a registered genetic counsellor working within various regional clinical departments in the National Health Service in the UK.

  • The second as an academic social scientist specialising in research into the social impact of genetic technology and services on people. Has a particular interest in how individuals and families understand and relate to genetic/genomic information.


Genetic counselling research and practice

Questionnaire design

Qualitative and quantitative methods

Creation of genetic counselling policy

Specialist Interests
  • ​​Attitudes towards the sharing of incidental findings from whole genome studies

  • Attitudes towards genetic testing for deafness

  • ​Attitudes towards access of genetic counselling services

  • ​Breast/ovarian cancer clinical work

  • ​Counselling supervision

  • ​Transcultural genetic counselling

2010 - present

2010 - present

Anna Middleton
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