Lucassen, Professor Anneke

BMedSci, DPhil (Oxon), MBBS, FRCPLucassen, Dr Anneke (Genetics)




Clinical genetics

Training and education

  • Medical training at University of Newcastle upon Tyne Medical School
  • General medical training in Oxford
  • Clinical genetics training in Oxford
  • First consultant post in Oxford (1997), then in Southampton (2000)


Prof Lucassen has worked for the Trust since 2000. In 2007, she was appointed as professor of clinical genetics in the faculty of medicine at the University of Southampton, and she holds a joint NHS and academic post. Her clinical experience is in cancer and cardiac genetics. She set up the cancer genetic service in Oxford in 1997, and the cardiogenetic service in Southampton in 2004.

In recent years Prof Lucassen's clinical interest has focussed on real life ethical and legal issues in medicine - in particular those raised by genetic and genomic medicine - and the means by which they might be approached or resolved.

Key achievements

  • Vice president of the British Society of Genetic Medicine 2016 (president from 2017 onwards)
  • Chair of University Hospital Southampton's clinical ethics committee
  • Founded and leads applied research department of clinical ethics and law at the University of Southampton
  • Founded UK Genethics Forum in 2001, a national forum for the discussion and resolution of ethical legal issues in genetic practice
  • Member of the Genomics England Ethics Advisory Committee, the committee overseeing the implementation of the 100,000 Genome Project in genome medicine centres throughout the UK. Prof Lucassen is also the lead for GeCIP - Genomic England Clinical Interpretation Partnership for practical ethics.


Prof Lucassen’s research interests have been framed around the 'bench to bedside' promises of genetics - and more recently genomics - ever since her PhD in the molecular research laboratory of Prof Sir John Bell (1991-1995). This term describes the results of research being directly used to treat patients. Her clinical practice as a physician attempting to make these bench discoveries relevant to patients and their families has consistently highlighted emerging practical, social and ethical issues that need to be considered in doing so.

Prof Lucassen's key contributions, evidenced by more than 160 peer reviewed publications, the development of practice guidelines and roles on a range of committees that examine issues in practice, are summarised on the University of Southampton's 'ethics of genomics' page and on her personal page.