Hilary Burton, a founding member of the PHG Foundation, was Director from 2010 to 2017. After stepping down as Director, she held the position of Consultant in Public Health until formally retiring from the organisation on 1 April 2019. As an Associate, Hilary will be working on My Healthy Future and our work on personalised prevention in breast cancer.
Hilary is a highly experienced public health physician who believes that genomic science can, and should be used by public health professionals alongside the social and environmental determinants of health to bring about improvements in population health. Her special interests include the integration of genomics within mainstream medicine, genetics education for health professionals, and genomics and the developing world.
Hilary trained at St Hugh’s College and The Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford and became a consultant in public health medicine in 1993. She was a member of the Department of Health’s Human Genomics Strategy Group and currently serves on the Joint Committee of Medical Genetics of the Royal Colleges and the Council for the British Society of Human Genetics. She is a Fellow of Hughes Hall, Cambridge, and holds an Honorary Lectureship at the University of Cambridge.
Hall A, Finnegan T, Chowdhury S, Dent T, Kroese M, Burton H. J Community Genet. 2018. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12687-018-0358-4. [Epub ahead of print]
Warren-Gash C, Kroese M, Burton H, Pharoah P. Implications of using whole genome sequencing to test unselected populations for high risk breast cancer genes: a modelling study Hered Cancer Clin Pract. 2016 Jun 1;14:12.
Moorthie S, Cameron L, Sagoo G, Bonham J, Burton H. Systematic review and meta-analysis to estimate the birth prevalence of five inherited metabolic diseases Journal of Inherited Metabolic Disease. 2014 Nov;37(6):889-898
Nacul L,Stewart A, Alberg C, Chowdhury S, Burton H, Darlison MW, Grollman C, Hall A, Modell B, Moorthie S, Sagoo G, . A Toolkit to assess health needs for congenital disorders in low- and middle-income countries: an instrument for public health action Journal of Public Health. 2014 June;36(2):243-50. doi: 10.1093/pubmed/fdt048 : May 10, 2013 [Epub ahead of print]
Burton H, Chowdhury S, Hall A, Pashayan N, Pharoah P. What ethical and legal principles should guide the genotyping of children as part of a personalised screening programme for common cancer? Journal of Medical Ethics. 2014 Mar;40(3):163-7.
Aitman T, Brice P, Burton H, Edwards C, Humphries S. Familial Hypercholesterolaemia: a pressing issue for European health care Atherosclerosis. 2013 December; 231(2): 223-226
Burton H, Chowdhury S, Dent T, Hall A, Pashayan N, Pharoah P. Public health genomics and personalised prevention: lessons from the COGS project Journal of Internal Medicine. 2013 Nov;274(5):451-6
Birney E, Burton H, Cunningham F, Firth H, Hurst J, Middleton A, Wright C. Policy challenges of clinical genome sequencing British Medical Journal. 2013 Nov 22;347:f6845
Burton H, Chowdhury S, Dent T, Feze I, Foulkes W, Hall A, Hamet P, Joly Y, Kirwan N, Knoppers B, Macdonald A, Pashayan N, Simard J, Van Hoyweghen I. Life insurance: genomic stratification and risk classification European Journal of Human Genetics. 2013 Oct 16. doi: 10.1038/ejhg.2013.228
Schuler-Faccini L, Sanseverino M, de Rocha Azevedo L, Moorthie S, Alberg C, Burton H, Chowdhury S, Sagoo G, Burton H, Nacul L. Health needs assessment for congenital anomalies in middle-income countries: Examining the case for neural tube defects in Brazil J Community Genet. 2013 Aug 30. [Epub ahead of print]
Burton H, Chowdhury S, Dent T, Hall A, Pashayan N, Pharoah P. Implementing risk-stratified screening for common cancers: a review of potential ethical, legal and social issues Journal of Public Health (Oxf). 2013 Aug 28
Burton H, Chowdhury S, Dent T, Hall A, Pashayan N, Pharoah P. Public health implications from COGS and potential for risk stratification and screening Nature Genetics. 2013 Apr;45(4):349-51 doi: 10.1038/ng.2582. PubMed PMID: 23535723
Burton H, Chowdhury S, Dent T, Hall A, Hall P, Lyratzopoulos G, Pashayan N, Pharoah P. Incorporating genomics into breast and prostate cancer screening: assessing the implications Genetics in Medicine. 2013 Feb 14 doi: 10.1038/gim.2012.167. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 23412607
Burton H, Dove E, Fisher E, Masellis M, Ozdemir V, Warnich L, Wright C. End of the Beginning and Public Health Pharmacogenomics: Knowledge in 'Mode 2' and P5 Medicine1 Current Pharmacogenomics and Personalized Medicine. 2012 Jan 1;10(1);1-6
Burton H, Sanderson S. Personalised Medicine: Lessons from Birth Defects and Single Gene Disorders Current Pharmacogenetics & Personalised Medicine. 2011, 9(2): 80-83
Burton H, Chowdhury S, Dent T, Duffy S, Easton D, Eeles R, Neal D, Pashayan N, Pharoah P. Polygenic susceptibility to prostate and breast cancer: implications for personalised screening British Journal of Cancer. Advance online publication, 5 April 2011; doi:101038/bjc2011.118
Burton H, Hall A. Legal and ethical implications of inherited cardiac disease in clinical practice within the UK Journal of Medical Ethics. 2010 36: 762-766
Alberg C, Burton H, Kroese M, Lakshman R, Whittaker J. A framework for the prioritization of investment in the provision of genetic tests Public Health Genomics. 2010 13 (7-8) 538-43
Alberg C, Burton H, Levene S. Tay Sachs disease carrier testing in the UK Jewish population British Journal of Midwifery. 2010 18(4):220-224
Bennett C, Burke S, Burton H, Farndon P. A toolkit for incorporating genetics into mainstream medical services: Learning from service development pilots in England BMC Health Services Research. 2010 May 14;10:125
Alberg C, Burton H, Hall A, Inherited Cardiovascular Conditions Services , Sagoo G, Stewart A. Inherited cardiovascular conditions: the challenges of genomic medicine Heart 2010 Mar;96(6):474-6
Burton H, Ells L, Flowers J, Pencheon D, Wilkinson J. Public Health Genomics: The Interface with Public Health Intelligence and the Role of Public Health Observatories Public Health Genomics. 2010 Mar 29. [Epub ahead of print]
Adams M, Bunton R, Burton H, Schroeder-Baeck P. Developing stakeholder involvement for introducing public health genomics into public policy Public Health Genomics. 2009 12:11-19
Adams M, Burton H. Professional education and training in public health genomics: a working policy developed on behalf of Public Health Genomics European Network Public Health Genomics. 2009;12(4):216-24
Burton H, Wright C, Zimmern R. A new strategic phase for genomic medicine in UK health services Genome Medicine. 2009 Oct 12;1(10):93
Alberg C, Burton H, Moore T. Genetics in ophthalmology: equity in service provision? Journal of Public Health. 2009; doi: 10.1093/pubmed/fdp110
Burton H, Butterworth A, Higgins J, Sagoo G, Sanderson S, Shaw-Smith C. Array CGH in patients with learning disability (mental retardation) and congenital anomalies: updated systematic review and meta-analysis of 19 studies and 13,926 subjects Genetics in Medicine. 2009 Mar;11(3): 139-46
Burton H, Wright C. The use of cell-free fetal nucleic acids in maternal blood for non-invasive prenatal diagnosis Human Reproduction Update. 2008 Oct 22 [Epub ahead of print]
Bennett C, Burton H, Farndon P. Competences, education and support for new roles in cancer genetics services: outcomes from the cancer genetics pilot projects Familial Cancer. 2007 6(2):171-80
Burton H, Green A, Preece M, Sanderson S. The frequency of inherited metabolic disorders in the West Midlands, United Kingdom Archives of Disease in Childhood. 2006
Burton H, Lee P, Sanderson S, Shortland G. Needs assessment and review of services for people with inherited metabolic disease in the United Kingdom Journal of Inherited Metabolic Disease. 2006
Brice P, Burton H, Higgins J, Sagoo G, Sanderson S, Subramonia-Iyer S. Array-based comparative genomic hybridisation for investigating chromosomal abnormalities in patients with learning disability: meta-analysis of diagnostic and false positive yields Genetics In Medicine. 2006
Burton H, Shuttleworth A. Genetics education for midwives Royal College of Midwives. 2003;6(4):162-4
Burton H, Stewart A. From Mendel to the Human Genome Project: the implications for nurse education Nurse Education Today. 2003;23(5):380-5
Burton H, Metcalfe A. Postregistration genetics education provision for nurses, midwives and health visitors Journal of Advanced Nursing. 2003;44(4):350-9
Burton H, Metcalfe A, Shuttleworth A. Genetics education for nurses, midwives and health visitors Professional Nurse. 2003;18(12):676-80
Burton H, Shuttleworth A. Genetics education for pharmacists The Pharmaceutical Journal 2003;270(7232):84-5
Burton H, Shuttleworth A. Genetics education for primary health care nurses Primary Health Care. 2003;13(4):35-8