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Name

Claire Higham

Job title

Consultant Endocrinologist

Email Address

philomena.samuels@christie.nhs.uk, endocrinology@christie.nhs.uk

Phone number

0161 446 3664

Fax number

0161 446 3667

Qualifications

BA, DPhil (Oxon), MBBS, MRCP (Diabetes and Endocrinology)

Specialities

Endocrinology, including pituitary disease, metabolic bone disease, late effects of cancer treatment and thyroid eye disease

Started at The Christie (Year)

2012

Responsibilities

At The Christie

Clinical lead for:

  • DXA and metabolic bone service
  • Long term Endocrine complications of cancer treatment
  • Turner Syndrome service
  • Growth Hormone service 

Other clinics:

  • Pituitary/General Endocrinology
  • Joint Transition Clinic with Paediatric Oncology
  • Joint Late Effects Clinic with Oncology

At other sites

  • Endocrine Consultant Wythenshawe Hospital: General Endocrinology
  • Visiting Fellow University of Derby
  • Honorary Senior Lecturer University of Manchester
  • NIHR CRN Greater Manchester specialty lead: Endocrinology, Metabolism and Lipids

Professional biography

Dr Claire Higham undertook a physiology degree and DPhil at Merton College, Oxford followed by completion of her medical training at Royal Free/University College London.

Her junior doctor training was in London followed by higher specialist training in Manchester including a 3 year clinical research fellowship at Christie Hospital. Dr Higham became an endocrine consultant at the Christie in 2012.

Research Interest

Medical Research Council- CARP (Clinical Academic Research Partnership) Award Holder 2019: Bone Toxicity Following Pelvic Radiotherapy

Educational Interests

  • Visiting Fellow at University of Derby: DXA reporting for clinicians module
  • Member of Royal Osteoporosis Society BDTAP (Bone Densitometry and Assessment Panel)
  • Co-lead for Masters Module  “Living With and  Beyond Cancer” in conjunction with The Christie School of Oncology and University of Manchester

Publications

  • Publications in The Christie research publications repository
  • Higham CE, Thomas JDJ, Bidlingmaier M, Drake WM, Trainer PJ. Successful use of weekly pegvisomant administration in patients with acromegaly. Eur J Endocrinol. 2009 161(1):21–5.
  • Higham CE, Trainer PJ. Growth hormone excess and the development of growth hormone receptor antagonists. Exp Physiol. 2008 93(11):1157–69.
  • Higham CE, Hull RL, Lawrie L, Shennan KI, Morris JF, Birch NP, et al. Processing of synthetic pro-islet amyloid polypeptide (proIAPP) “amylin” by recombinant prohormone convertase enzymes, PC2 and PC3, in vitro. Eur J Biochem 2000 267:4998–5004.
  • Higham CE, Jaikaran ET, Fraser PE, Gross M, Clark A. Preparation of synthetic human islet amyloid polypeptide (IAPP) in a stable conformation to enable study of conversion to amyloid-like fibrils. FEBS Lett 2000 470:55–60.

The Christie Private Care

Dr Higham also practises privately at The Christie Private Care