New partnership with British Science Association as part of British Science Week
Genomics England want to showcase the potential benefits whole genome sequencing can offer patients, but also want to understand public concerns. The aim of the BSA’s Future Debates are to empower many more people – not just scientists – to constructively engage in debates over science’s role in their lives, their local economy, and the UK’s future.
Vivienne Parry, Genomics England’s Head of Engagement, said:
“It’s very important that debates about the future of genomics and the use of data in healthcare take place at a local level. So we are very excited to be working with the British Science Association and its great local networks on ‘Future Debates’. Having long been involved with the BSA, I know that through them, we’ll have a great series of lively debates.”
Imran Khan, Chief Executive of the British Science Association, said:
“I am delighted that Genomics England have decided to work with us on this new partnership on the 100,000 Genomes Project. At the British Science Association we strongly believe that more people should feel empowered to constructively engage in debates over science’s role in our lives, our society, and the UK’s economy.
“Genomics England’s work is vital to helping us adapt to and shape a future where our genes and genomes will have a bigger impact on our health and wellbeing. We hope that this series of debates in the summer will not only help the UK public feel more invested in genomics research but will also allow them to have a say on its direction.”
Meanwhile, NHS Genomic Medicine Centres involved in the 100,000 Genomes Project will be offering people a unique opportunity to go behind the scenes of hospital labs and scientific facilities as part of Healthcare Science Week, which is part of British Science Week.