Professor North is trained as a paediatric physician, neurologist and clinical geneticist and was awarded a doctorate for research in neurogenetics. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the Harvard Genetics Program. She is a translational scientist and is widely recognised as a world leader in neuromuscular disorders, cognitive deficits in neurofibromatosis, and the study of genes that influence athletic performance.
Professor North is a national and international leader in genomic medicine. She leads Australian Genomics, an NHMRC-funded national network of over 80 institutions around Australia, with the goal of developing evidence and practical strategies to embed genomic medicine in the Australian health system. She is on the Executive and Steering Committee of the Global Alliance for Genomics and Health, a collaborative network of over 500 organisations across 71 countries.