Chiara Marini Bettolo (Principal Investigator)
Clinical Lead, Consultant Neurologist, and Clinical Lead of the Highly Specialised Service for Limb-girdle muscular dystrophies – John Walton Muscular Dystrophy Research Centre and Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Dr Marini Bettolo completed her medical degree and training in Neurology at the University of Rome Sapienza, and has always had a special interest in neuromuscular disorders. During her training in Neurology she was awarded with a Scientific Fellowship by the European Federation of Neurological Societies which gave her the opportunity to join the Neuromuscular team at Imperial College London, working on a lab-based project on inflammatory myopathies. In 2015 she completed her PhD in neuromuscular disorders at Imperial College London.
Since joining the John Walton Muscular Dystrophy Centre at Newcastle University, Chiara has been leading the Clinical Team and the Highly Specialised Service for Limb-girdle muscular dystrophies (LGMDs). She runs adult and paediatric neuromuscular clinics, and more recently has led the implementation of a novel treatment currently available under various access schemes in Newcastle.