Gillian Bates

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Gillian Patricia Bates FMedSci FRS is a British biologist. She is distinguished for her research into the molecular basis of Huntington's disease and in 1998 was awarded the GlaxoSmithKline Prize as a co-discoverer of the cause of this disease. As of 2009, she is Professor of Neurogenetics in the Medical and Molecular Genetics Department of King's College London.


Bates's research has focused on Huntington's disease. She was one of the group who first cloned the Huntington's disease gene. She also created the first mouse model of the disease, the R6/2 mouse, an important step in understanding the pathogenesis of Huntington's.[1]

Awards and honours

Bates has been elected a fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences (1999) and a member of the European Molecular Biology Organisation (2002).[2][3] She was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2007 and to its Council in 2011.[1][4] In 1998, she was awarded the Royal Society Glaxo Wellcome Award jointly with Stephen Davies, for the "discovery of the cause of Huntington's Disease".[5]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Royal Society: New Fellows - 2007: Amos - Bruce (accessed 6 January 2009)
  2. Academy of Medical Sciences: Fellows: Professor Gillian Bates (accessed 6 January 2009)
  3. EMBO: Search for an EMBO member (accessed 6 January 2009)
  4. "Council of the Royal Society". Retrieved 5 November 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. Royal Society: GlaxoSmithKline previous winners 2005 - 1980 (accessed 6 January 2009)

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