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Rachel James

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Manchester Biomedical Research Centre

Project Manager – Rare Conditions

Rachel has a background in academic research, completing her PhD in Molecular Biology in 2015 where she specifically studied the structure and misfolding of proteins involved in Alzheimer’s Disease. Following this, Rachel made the move into translational research delivery, firstly as a Research Practitioner for the NIHR Manchester Clinical Research Facility (CRF) at Wythenshawe Hospital (previously Respiratory and Allergy CRF) and later as a Research Coordinator at the Manchester Centre for Genomic Medicine, within the Research and Innovation Division at Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust.

While working in Genomic Medicine, alongside Professor William Newman and his team, Rachel project managed a portfolio of studies related to the field of pharmacogenetics, including the Pharmacogenetics to Avoid Loss of Hearing (PALOH) study.

In 2022, Rachel took up the position of Project Manager for the Rare Conditions theme of the NIHR Manchester Biomedical Research Centre. She is also Research Manager for the Manchester Rare Conditions Centre, a virtual centre set up to promote specialist clinical services, research, education and engagement for patients and families with rare conditions.