Inaugural Lecture - Professor Robert Walton

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17 January 2011

Time: 5:00pm
Venue: Perrin Lecture Theatre, Blizard Building, Whitechapel

The wide diversity of human experience and behaviour attracted Professor Walton to General Practice as a medical career. Identifying the differences between people and responding to them is an essential element of effective medical practice. New developments in molecular medicine will drive nosological advances to categorise illness more precisely and guide prognosis and treatment. However, applying this expanding body of medical evidence to benefit individual patients is an increasingly complex task. Drawing from his research on evidence synthesis, genetic medicine and
health informatics, Professor Walton will illustrate the principles behind stratified medicine and outline how it might be applied to bring practical benefits to patients. 

Born in a mining village in the North of England, Professor Walton moved to medical school in London in 1977. After an intercalated degree in biochemistry and pharmacology he moved to a medical rotation at St George’s and gained membership of the Royal College of Physicians before training in General Practice. Professor Walton joined a practice in Oxford as a principal in 1988 and remained there until 2004. During this time, he took an MD in the Department of Primary Care in artificial intelligence techniques applied to prescribing, leading to his interest in personalised medicine. He subsequently became Senior Lecturer in Clinical Pharmacology. Immediately before taking this current position, Professor Walton was Head of Genetics at the Medical Research Council Laboratories in The Gambia, West Africa.

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