Prof Tim Cox
Panel: gene therapies and newborn screening
Prof Tim Cox
Emeritus Professor of Medicine University of Cambridge and Honorary Consultant Metabolic Physician Addenbrooke's/CUHNHSFT and Papworth Hospitals
A practising physician and educator with long-term scientific interests in inherited metabolic diseases, Prof Cox has an active laboratory and clinical research programme to improve diagnosis and introduce innovative therapies. His work focuses on ultra-rare lysosomal diseases – studies of which are already uncovering hidden mechanisms of disease shared with common afflictions of humanity.
Who is your hero and why?
I have several heroes and heroines. But for now, Dr Anton Pavlovich Chekov 1860-1904. His analysis and understanding of human behaviour, relations between men and women, in the modern world; his lack of directiveness and his clinical perception and understanding. He was generous in his care of those who needed help and education; supported his family despite knowing he was doomed himself.
Where is your favourite place in the world and why?
The Highways and Byways of Leicestershire – early childhood – natural history and the guidance of my wonderful father and grandmother.
What is your greatest achievement?
Persuading one special young lady to be my wife.
What is your wish for the future of rare disease?
That each will be seen as the Universe it is: this grouping is too crude and dehumanizing beyond its practical use for administrative and business purposes.