Dr Leigh Jackson

Dr Leigh Jackson

Visiting Specialist

School of Nursing and Midwifery (Faculty of Health)


Research Fellow


BSc(Hons) - Genetics University of Nottingham PhD - Investigating the genetic mechanisms underlying mesenchymal stem cell transdifferentiation to neural-like cells. University of Nottingham Research Associate - Investigating the genetic causes of infertility, pre-term labour and gynaecological cancers.

Professional membership

British Society for Cell Biology British Society for Developmental Biology The Genetics Society The European Society of Human Genetics

Roles on external bodies

EuroGentest website editorial committee EU COST Action IS1303 ( Citizen's Health through public-private Initiatives: Public health, Market and Ethical perspectives (CHIP ME)management committee

Research interests

I am currently working on a number of projects including the EuroGentest2 project - a multi-centre European project aimed at ensuring standardisation and harmonisation of genetic testing across Europe. I am involved with Work Package 7, Quality of Genetic Counselling. I am also involved in collaboration with colleagues at the University of Yamaguchi, Japan on a study about the needs and experiences of older pregnant women, especially in regard to genetic risks, testing and screening. My current primary research interest involves genetic incidental findings. We are collaborating with colleagues at the University of Iowa on a study of the way in which incidental findings from genetic tests are reported to patients. Past research has included work on mesenchymal stem cell transdifferentiation, infertility, pre-term labour and gynaecological cancer.

Grants & contracts

Plymouth University pump-prime award Plymouth University ESRC social science collaboration award Brocher Foundation visiting researcher award 2014

Key publications are highlighted

Paneque M, Turchetti D, Jackson L, Lunt P, Houwink E & Skirton H 2016 'A systematic review of interventions to provide genetics education for primary care' BMC Family Practice 17, (1) , DOI PEARL
Pisnoli L, O'Connor A, Goldsmith L, Jackson L & Skirton H 2016 'Impact of fetal or child loss on parents' perceptions of non-invasive prenatal diagnosis for autosomal recessive conditions' MIDWIFERY 34, 105-110 Author Site , DOI PEARL
Skirton H, Goldsmith L, Jackson L, Lewis C & Chitty LS 2015 'Non-invasive prenatal testing for aneuploidy: a systematic review of Internet advertising to potential users by commercial companies and private health providers' Prenatal Diagnosis 35, (12) 1167-1175 , DOI PEARL
Godino L, Turchetti D, Jackson L, Hennessy C & Skirton H 2015 'Impact of presymptomatic genetic testing on young adults: a systematic review' EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF HUMAN GENETICS 24, (4) 496-503 Author Site , DOI PEARL
Skirton H & Jackson L 2015 'Factors Affecting the Clinical Use of Non-Invasive Prenatal Testing' JBR Journal of Clinical Diagnosis and Research 03, (01) , DOI PEARL
Lesley Goldsmith LJ 2015 'Management of Incidental Findings from Genetic Tests: Perspectives of Ethics Committee Members' Journal of Clinical Research & Bioethics 06, (03) , DOI
Skirton H, Goldsmith L, Jackson L, Lewis C & Chitty L 2014 'Offering prenatal diagnostic tests: European guidelines for clinical practice [corrected]' Eur J Hum Genet 22, (5) 580-586 Author Site , DOI
Jackson L, Goldsmith L & Skirton H 2014 'Guidance for patients considering direct-to-consumer genetic testing and health professionals involved in their care: development of a practical decision tool' Family Practice Author Site , DOI
2013 'Utility and limitations of genetic/genomic information and testing' Nursing Standard 28, (13) 45-49 Author Site , DOI
Skirton H, Jackson L, Goldsmith L & O’Connor A 2013 'Are health professionals ready for direct-to-consumer genetic and genomic testing?' Personalized Medicine 10, (7) 673-682 Author Site , DOI
O'Connor A, Jackson L, Goldsmith L & Skirton H 2013 'Can I get a retweet please? Health research recruitment and the Twittersphere' J Adv Nurs n/a-n/a Author Site , DOI
Goldsmith L, Jackson L, O'Connor A & Skirton H 2013 'Direct-to-consumer genomic testing from the perspective of the health professional: a systematic review of the literature' J Community Genet 4, (2) 169-180 Author Site , DOI
INNAMAA A, JACKSON L, ASHER V, VAN SHALKWYK G, WARREN A, HAY D, BALI A, SOWTER H & KHAN R 2013 'Expression and Prognostic Significance of the Oncogenic K2P Potassium Channel KCNK9 (TASK-3) in Ovarian Carcinoma' Anticancer Research 33, (4) 1401-1408 Author Site
Skirton H, Goldsmith L, Jackson L & Tibben A 2013 'Quality in genetic counselling for presymptomatic testing--clinical guidelines for practice across the range of genetic conditions' Eur J Hum Genet 21, (3) 256-260 Author Site , DOI
Patel SK, Jackson L, Warren AY, Arya P, Shaw RW & Khan RN 2013 'A role for two-pore potassium (K2P) channels in endometrial epithelial function' JOURNAL OF CELLULAR AND MOLECULAR MEDICINE 17, (1) 134-146 Author Site , DOI PEARL
Innamaa A, Jackson L, Asher V, Schalkwyk G, Warren A, Keightley A, Hay D, Bali A, Sowter H & Khan R 2013 'Expression and effects of modulation of the K2P potassium channels TREK-1 (KCNK2) and TREK-2 (KCNK10) in the normal human ovary and epithelial ovarian cancer' Clinical and Translational Oncology 1-9 Author Site , DOI
Goldsmith L, Woodward V, Jackson L & Skirton H 2012 'Informed consent for blood tests in people with a learning disability' J Adv Nurs 69, (9) 1966-1976 Author Site , DOI
Jackson L, Goldsmith L, O'Connor A & Skirton H 2012 'Incidental findings in genetic research and clinical diagnostic tests: a systematic review' Am J Med Genet A 158A, (12) 3159-3167 Author Site , DOI
Skirton H, Goldsmith L, Jackson L & O'Connor A 2012 'Direct to consumer genetic testing: a systematic review of position statements, policies and recommendations' Clin Genet 82, (3) 210-218 Author Site , DOI
Goldsmith L, Jackson L, O'Connor A & Skirton H 2012 'Direct-to-consumer genomic testing: systematic review of the literature on user perspectives' Eur J Hum Genet 20, (8) 811-816 Author Site , DOI
Skirton H, Jackson L, Goldsmith L & O'Connor A 2012 'Genomic medicine: what are the challenges for the National Health Service?' PERSONALIZED MEDICINE 9, (5) 539-545 Author Site , DOI
Rashidi H, Strohbuecker S, Jackson L, Kalra S, Blake AJ, France L, Tufarelli C & Sottile V 2012 'Differences in the Pattern and Regulation of Mineral Deposition in Human Cell Lines of Osteogenic and Non-Osteogenic Origin' CELLS TISSUES ORGANS 195, (6) 484-494 Author Site , DOI
Jackson L, Jones DR, Scotting P & Sottile V 2007 'Adult mesenchymal stem cells: Differentiation potential and therapeutic applications' JOURNAL OF POSTGRADUATE MEDICINE 53, (2) 121-127 Author Site
Jackson L 2001 'Incidental Findings in Genetic Research and Genetic Testing' eLS John Wiley & Sons, Ltd Author Site , DOI