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Dr Beate St Pourcain

Dr Beate St Pourcain

Dr Beate St Pourcain
M.Sc., Ph.D.(Cardiff)

Honorary Lecturer

Oakfield House,
Oakfield Grove, Clifton BS8 2BN
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Beate St.Pourcain (nee Glaser) is a lecturer in Genetic Epidemiology within the School of Oral and Dental Sciences and affiliated with the MRC Integrative Epidemiology Unit. Her interests are the genetic underpinnings of neuro-developmental and developmental phenotypes. This includes autism and autistic traits, early language development and cleft lip and/or palate, where aetiological factors are likely to play a role very early during development. She is leading the genetic research of the Cleft Collective Cohort Studies, a large collection of patients with CL/P and their families, and is involved in the analysis of Next-Generation sequencing data as part of the UK10K Cohorts projects (lead analyst for head circumference).


Lecturer in Genetic Epidemiology

ORDS, University of Bristol

2012 – Present


Research Associate

SSCM, University of Bristol

2007 – 2012


Post-doctoral Research Officer

Biostatistics and Bioinformatics Unit, Cardiff University

2006 – 2007


Post-doctoral Research Officer

Department of Psychological Medicine, Cardiff University

2005 – 2006


Part-time MSc in Genetic Epidemiology and Bioinformatics

Supervisor Peter Holmans

Cardiff University

2005 – 2007


PhD in Psychological Medicine

Supervisor Mike Owen

Cardiff University

2000 – 2005


Degree+MSc in Biology

University of Göttingen, Germany

1992 – 1999


Degree+MSc in Psychology

University of Göttingen, Germany

1992 – 1999


I teach/have taught the following courses:

  • Critical Appraisal (Undergraduate tutorial, ORDS)
  • Research Methods (Undergraduate course, ORDS)
  • Personal and Professional Development Year 3(Undergraduate course, ORDS)
  • Biological Psychology (Undergraduate lecture course, School of Experimental Psychology)
  • School of Social and Community Medicine short course programme (Beyond GWAS, GWAS, Genetic Association, Study Design and others)
  • Developmental Psychopathology (Dresden University of Technology, Department of Psychology, visiting lecturer)

I am currently the Unit lead for Personal and Professional Development Year 3 (ORDS)




Bristol Medical School (PHS)

Recent publications

  • Grove, J, Ripke, S, Als, TD, Mattheisen, M, Walters, RK, Won, H, Pallesen, J, Agerbo, E, Andreassen, OA, Anney, R, Awashti, S, Belliveau, R, Bettella, F, Buxbaum, JD, Bybjerg-Grauholm, J, Bækvad-Hansen, M, Cerrato, F, Chambert, K, Christensen, JH, Churchhouse, C, Dellenvall, K, Demontis, D, De Rubeis, S, Devlin, B, Djurovic, S, Dumont, AL, Goldstein, JI, Hansen, CS, Hauberg, ME, Hollegaard, MV, Hope, S, Howrigan, DP, Huang, H, Hultman, CM, Klei, L, Maller, J, Martin, J, Pedersen, CB, Smith, GD, St Pourcain, B & others 2019, ‘Identification of common genetic risk variants for autism spectrum disorder’. Nature Genetics, vol 51., pp. 431-444
  • , , , Demontis, D, Walters, RK, Martin, J, Mattheisen, M, Als, TD, Agerbo, E, Baldursson, G, Belliveau, R, Bybjerg-Grauholm, J, Bækvad-Hansen, M, Cerrato, F, Chambert, K, Churchhouse, C, Dumont, A, Eriksson, N, Gandal, M, Goldstein, JI, Grasby, KL, Grove, J, Gudmundsson, OO, Hansen, CS, Hauberg, ME, Hollegaard, MV, Howrigan, DP, Huang, H, Maller, JB, Martin, AR, Martin, NG, Moran, J, Pallesen, J, Palmer, DS, Pedersen, CB, Pedersen, MG, Poterba, T, Poulsen, JB, Ripke, S, Robinson, EB & others 2019, ‘Discovery of the first genome-wide significant risk loci for attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder’. Nature Genetics, vol 51., pp. 63-75
  • Gialluisi, A, Andlauer, TF, Mirza-Schreiber, N, Moll, K, Becker, J, Hoffmann, P, Ludwig, KU, Czamara, D, St Pourcain, B, Brandler, W, Honbolygó, F, Tóth, D, Csépe, V, Huguet, G, Morris, AP, Hulslander, J, Willcutt, EG, DeFries, JC, Olson, RK, Smith, SD, Pennington, BF, Vaessen, A, Maurer, U, Lyytinen, H, Peyrard-Janvid, M, Leppänen, PH, Brandeis, D, Bonte, M, Stein, JF, Talcott, JB, Fauchereau, F, Wilcke, A, Francks, C, Bourgeron, T, Monaco, AP, Ramus, F, Landerl, K, Kere, J, Scerri, TS, Paracchini, S & others 2019, ‘Genome-wide association scan identifies new variants associated with a cognitive predictor of dyslexia’. Translational Psychiatry, vol 9.
  • Gunz, P, Tilot, AK, Wittfeld, K, Teumer, A, Shapland, CY, van Erp, TG, Dannemann, M, Vernot, B, Neubauer, S, Guadalupe, T, Fernández, G, Brunner, HG, Enard, W, Fallon, J, Hosten, N, Völker, U, Profico, A, Di Vincenzo, F, Manzi, G, Kelso, J, St. Pourcain, B, Hublin, JJ, Franke, B, Pääbo, S, Macciardi, F, Grabe, HJ & Fisher, SE, 2019, ‘Neandertal Introgression Sheds Light on Modern Human Endocranial Globularity’. Current Biology, vol 29., pp. 120-127.e5
  • Haworth, S, Shapland, CY, Hayward, C, Prins, BP, Felix, JF, Medina-Gomez, C, Rivadeneira, F, Wang, C, Ahluwalia, TS, Vrijheid, M, Guxens, M, Sunyer, J, Tachmazidou, I, Walter, K, Iotchkova, V, Jackson, A, Cleal, L, Huffmann, J, Min, JL, Sass, L, Timmers, PR, , Al Turki, S, Anderson, CA, Boustred, C, Curran, S, Day, IN, Evans, DM, Gaunt, TR, Kemp, JP, Lawson, D, Northstone, K, Paternoster, L, Ring, S, Shihab, HA, Shin, SY, Soranzo, N, Tian, J, Tobin, MD, Wain, LV & others 2019, ‘Low-frequency variation in TP53 has large effects on head circumference and intracranial volume’. Nature Communications, vol 10.
  • Howe, LJMS, Lawson, DJ, Davies, NM, St Pourcain, MUB, Lewis, SJ, Smith, GD & Hemani, G, 2019, ‘Genetic evidence for assortative mating on alcohol consumption in the UK Biobank’. Nature Communications.
  • Middeldorp, CM, Felix, JF, Mahajan, A, , , McCarthy, MI, Evans, D, Freathy, R, Lawlor, D, St Pourcain, B, Richmond, R, Sørensen, TIA, Taylor, M, Timpson, N, Tyrrell, J, Uitterlinden, AG, Smith, GD, Kemp, J, Paternoster, L & Granell, R, 2019, ‘The Early Growth Genetics (EGG) and EArly Genetics and Lifecourse Epidemiology (EAGLE) Consortia: design, results and future prospects’. European Journal of Epidemiology, vol 34., pp. 279-300
  • Howe, L, Richardson, T, Arathimos, R, Alvizi, L, Passos-Bueno, MR, Stanier, P, Nohr, EA, Ludwig, K, Mangold, E, Knapp, M, Stergiakouli, E, St Pourcain, B, Smith, GD, Sandy, J, Relton, C, Lewis, S, Hemani, G & Sharp, G, 2019, ‘Evidence for DNA methylation mediating genetic liability to non-syndromic cleft lip/palate’. Epigenomics, vol 11., pp. 133-145
  • , Verhoef, E, Demontis, D, Burgess, S, Shapland, CY, Dale, PS, Okbay, A, Neale, BM, Faraone, SV, Stergiakouli, E, Smith, GD, Fisher, SE, Børglum, AD, St Pourcain, B, Agerbo, E, Als, TD, Bækved-Hansen, M, Belliveau, R, Børglum, AD, Bybjerg-Grauholm, J, Cerrato, F, Chambert, K, Churchhouse, C, Dalsgaard, S, Daly, MJ, Demontis, D, Dumont, A, Goldstein, J, Grove, J, Hansen, CS, Hauberg, ME, Hollegaard, MV, Hougaard, DM, Howrigan, DP, Huang, H, Maller, J, Martin, AR, Martin, J, Mattheisen, M, Moran, J & others 2019, ‘Disentangling polygenic associations between attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, educational attainment, literacy and language’. Translational Psychiatry, vol 9., pp. 35
  • , , , Tedja, MS, Wojciechowski, R, Hysi, PG, Eriksson, N, Furlotte, NA, Verhoeven, VJ, Iglesias, AI, Meester-Smoor, MA, Tompson, SW, Fan, Q, Khawaja, AP, Cheng, CY, Höhn, R, Yamashiro, K, Wenocur, A, Grazal, C, Haller, T, Metspalu, A, Wedenoja, J, Jonas, JB, Wang, YX, Xie, J, Mitchell, P, Foster, PJ, Klein, BE, Klein, R, Paterson, AD, Hosseini, SM, Shah, RL, Williams, C, Teo, YY, Tham, YC, Gupta, P, Zhao, W, Shi, Y, Saw, WY, Tai, ES & others 2018, ‘Genome-wide association meta-analysis highlights light-induced signaling as a driver for refractive error’. Nature Genetics, vol 50., pp. 834-848

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