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Maria Bitner-Glindzicz: clinical and molecular geneticist

BMJ 2018; 363 doi: (Published 09 October 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;363:k4233
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. Herne Bay, UK
  1. adrianodowd{at}

Maria Bitner-Glindzicz was born in 1963 in Fleetwood, Lancashire, to a Polish father and Irish mother, who had both come to live in the UK. A renowned clinician and research scientist who made her mark in the specialism of deafness, Bitner-Glindzicz finished her training with first class honours at University College London (UCL) in 1987, having undertaken an intercalated BSc in genetics.

Focus on deafness and blindness

After gaining her PhD in genetics at UCL’s Institute of Child Health in 1996, she went on to become one of the world’s leading specialist academic consultants in clinical genetics with a key focus on deafness and blindness. She was promoted to professor of clinical and molecular genetics at UCL in 2012.

Appointed in 2000 as a consultant clinical geneticist at Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital (GOSH), Maria established the UK’s first and only clinical service to provide comprehensive diagnostics and follow-up care for children with genetic forms of deafness.

Subsequently, she went on to …

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