Dr Julian Barwell


Dr Julian Barwell

Dr Julian Barwell MRCP(UK) PhD

Consultant in Clinical Genetics/Honorary Professor in Genetic Medicine


E-Mail: Julian.Barwell@uhl-tr.nhs.uk 

Intercalated BSc in Basic Medical Sciences and Human Genetics 2(1)
Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital’s 1994
MBBS Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital’s 1997
MRCP (UK) 2002  PhD University of London 2007



Dr Julian Barwell trained in Medicine at Guy's and St Thomas' Hospitals in London (1991-1997: Distinction in Medicine and intercalated BSc in Basic Medical Sciences and Human Genetics). He was a junior doctor in South London and became a Member of the Royal College of Physicians in 2000. He completed his PhD in familial breast cancer susceptibility in 2006.


After finishing his Clinical Genetics training (2001-2007) at Guy's, St George's and the Royal Marsden from the University of London; he started as a consultant in Clinical Genetics in Leicester. He runs specialist clinics in: inherited cancer susceptibility; non-alcoholic fatty liver disease and susceptibility to hepatitis, cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma; Von Hipped Linda syndrome; Neurofibromatosis type 2, Cowden Syndrome and inherited Dermatological disorders. He has 59 publications and helped coin the internationally known phrase, the 'Angelina Jolie effect' on referrals to inherited breast cancer clinics. He developed the first You Tube channel for Clinical Genetics that has been viewed in over 100 countries and developed the Supporting Families with Cancer projects in association with the Genetics Education Centre (GENIE) at the University of Leicester. This has included a universal triage system and familial bowel cancer management computer model. He is currently working with PDX to develop an on-line referral system for familial susceptibility to breast cancer.


He is the clinical lead for the delivery of Paediatrics, Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Non-Malignant Haematology and Clinical Genetics national portfolio research studies (CRN) in the East Midlands, covering 4.5 million people across 15 hospital trusts. He is the rare disease lead for the 100,000 Genome Project in Leicester and the public and patient involvement clinical lead for the East of England Genomics Medicine Centre with the aim of reducing inequality of access to Genomic Medicine. He is the designer of the genome project eligibility criteria wheels for Health Education England and is on the Genomics England committee for patient involvement and access to genomics for black and minority ethnic groups. He is a national clinical advisor to the National Hereditary Breast Cancer Helpline and helped develop the award winning Prostaid male health App. He is joint clinical lead of the Paediatric and Genetics Clinical Research Facility due to open in 2016 at the Leicester Royal infirmary.


He is working with the fetal medicine team in Leicester to develop non-invasive genetic testing for pregnant women to detect fetal trisomy such as Down syndrome. He also is collaborating with Professor Jacqui Shaw from the University of Leicester, who is the circulating free tumour DNA lead for Genomics England, in developing non-invasive genetic testing for women at risk of familial breast cancer.


He was the senior editor of the Royal College of Physicians five yearly update in Clinical Genetics in 2014 and is a senior author of the newly commissioned book Clinical Genetics at a Glance. He has been voted onto the United Kingdom Cancer Genetics Group Steering Committee and was awarded an honorary chair (professorship) by the University of Leicester in 2015.



Research Interests




Health Education for school children interactive workshops

Clinical Genetics healthcare professional competency question design with Virtual Genetics Education Centre (VGEC)

Lecturer on Clinical Cancer Genetics for Medical Genetics BSC students

Clinical Cancer Genetics Teaching for Junior Doctors

Final year Medical School Cancer Block Introduction, placement students and Bioethics workshops



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E Mail: genetics@le.ac.uk

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Professor Jacqui Shaw

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