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Rodney Harris Papers

Date range: 1958-1995

Medium: Archive

Rodney Harris (1932-2017) was a pioneer in the field of medical genetics. He was Professor of Medical Genetics at the University of Manchester from 1980 to 1997.

Professor Harris has been President of the UK Clinical Genetics Society; Chairman of the UK National Confidential Inquiry into Genetic Counselling, 1986-1990; Chairman of the Royal College of Physicians of London Committee on Clinical Genetics; and Chairman of the EU Concerted Action on Genetic Services in Europe

Professor Harris's papers concern his academic and clinical work at Manchester, and the various national and international bodies he has been involved with. The topics covered in his papers include tissue typing and the development of renal transplantation; the work of the Genetic Register Advisory Group; the development of regional genetics services; and vitamin and neural tube defect studies. The University of Manchester’s collaboration with centres in Cardiff and London in recombinant DNA technology is also covered, as is the work of the Study Group in Human Genetics at Manchester, 1958-1975.

The collection is an important source for the history of medical genetics research, particularly in the North West of England.

Further information:

Catalogue available online via ELGAR.

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