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Oliver Timmis

Oliver Timmis was previously a Volunteer Writer at BioNews, and is also Communications Project Manager at the AKU Society, a charity dedicated to the support of patients with alkaptonuria and the advancement of research into this rare disease. He has represented the charity at national and international levels as a member of EURORDIS, Genetic Alliance UK, the Specialised Healthcare Alliance and the UK Genetic Testing Network's Clinical and Scientific Advisory Group. Previously, he studied Physiology, Development and Neuroscience at the University of Cambridge, where he focused on the development and ethics of preimplantation genetic diagnosis. He has a strong interest in genetics, particularly rare diseases and their interaction with common conditions.


BioNews Comment articles written by Oliver Timmis:

Why rare disease research isn't just about rare diseases

18 November 2013 - by Oliver Timmis

The idea of a rare disease informing wider knowledge about fundamentals of biology is now well established. We have shown it in alkaptonuria research, as alkaptonuria (which affects around 80 people in the UK) is an extreme form of osteoarthritis (which affects more than eight million)... [Read More]

BioNews Review articles written by Oliver Timmis:

Book Review: Celebrating 75 Extraordinary Years

12 September 2011 - by Oliver Timmis

On 25 July 2011 the Wellcome Trust turned 75, and to celebrate they have commissioned a collection of 15 stories based on some of the most interesting people they have funded... [Read More]

BioNews News articles written by Oliver Timmis:

Gene variants linked to childhood obesity discovered

16 April 2012 - by Oliver Timmis

Two new genetic variants that could increase the risk of childhood obesity have been identified in the largest ever genome-wide study of the disease... [Read More]

Immune system gene affected by body clock

20 February 2012 - by Oliver Timmis

What time of day it is could influence whether or not we get an infection. A protein known to be involved in the immune system may be influenced by the body's circadian rhythm, according to researchers at Yale University... [Read More]

Arrests in US after fake stem cell therapies sold to terminally ill

09 January 2012 - by Oliver Timmis

A professor of pathology and a midwife have been arrested in the US, charged with illegally supplying stem cells for unauthorised use. They are suspected of belonging to a team of at least four people who sold untested stem cell 'cures' to cancer patients and people with neurodegenerative diseases... [Read More]

Overstretched regulator to police IVF clinics

12 December 2011 - by Oliver Timmis

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) will take over policing of IVF clinics, despite worries it cannot cope with the additional workload... [Read More]

Progeria could be treated with existing drug

07 November 2011 - by Oliver Timmis

Progeria, an extremely rare genetic disease that is commonly used as model for ageing, could be treated with an existing drug... [Read More]

Synthetic blood to be trialled within two years

31 October 2011 - by Oliver Timmis

Artificial blood, manufactured from human stem cells, could be used in patient trials within two years. The blood will be based on the universal donor group (O rhesus negative), a blood type suitable for up to 98 percent of the population... [Read More]

Faroe Islands to be the first to sequence an entire nation

10 October 2011 - by Oliver Timmis

The Faroe Islands is set to become the first region to sequence the genome of its entire population.... [Read More]

Lesbian couple have sperm donor removed from birth certificate

22 August 2011 - by Oliver Timmis

An Australian court has ruled that a lesbian couple can have the name of the sperm donor removed from their child's birth certificate.... [Read More]



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