Launch of Genomic Medicine Seminar Series

Last week (11th June) we launched our seminar series in Genomic Medicine. We have invited speakers from around the world to come and talk about their experiences of genomic medicine. The talks are designed for clinicians and researchers involved in the 100,000 Genomes Project.

The first speaker was Professor Madhuri Hegde from Emory University, USA. Watch her talk below.

The details of the next event will be announced here soon.

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100,000 Genomes Project Update

The main phase of the 100,000 Genomes Project has now begun with 11 Genomic Medicine Centres announced in December 2014 and the first patients recruited in March. Here we report our progress, as well as the sequencing from the pilot project that is well underway. We are working on how best to integrate our service into the NHS as well as how we can best analyse tumour samples donated by cancer patients.

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Clinicians, Researchers and Industry collaborate with the 100,000 Genomes Project

GENE Consortium launch event 2015

  • First 10 companies come forward to create the GENE Consortium, to accelerate the development of new diagnostics and treatments for patients
  • Over 28 teams established from amongst the UK’s leading scientific researchers, to analyse the 100,000 genome dataset and identify new scientific and medical breakthroughs

Genomics England has today (26 March 2015) announced a new collaboration as part of the 100,000 Genomes Project, to accelerate the development of new diagnostics and treatments for patients.

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Saint Mary’s Hospital becomes the first NHS Genomic Medicine Centre to recruit patients to the 100,000 Genomes Project

The first patient was recruited to the main phase of the ground-breaking 100,000 Genomes Project this week. The important milestone follows on from the pilot phase of the project which announced the first diagnosis earlier this month.

Michelle Holding, 32, was recruited to the project via Saint Mary’s Hospital, which is part of the Greater Manchester NHS Genomic Medicine Centre.

The hospital is one of 11 NHS Genomic Medicine Centres across the country that will lead the delivery of the 100,000 Genomes Project,

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First patients diagnosed through the 100,000 Genomes Project

The first family are set to benefit from ground-breaking developments in whole genome sequencing. Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt will today (Wednesday 11 March) meet the first patients to be diagnosed with rare disease through the 100,000 Genomes Project. They will now receive effective, personalised treatment, as well as helping prevent future generations who share their DNA from suffering a life of uncertainty about similar symptoms.

Newcastle University and Hospitals worked with Genomics England to analyse the genomes and validate the findings as part of the project’s pilot scheme.

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100,000 Genomes Project gains ethical approval to offer NHS patients further information about their genomic results

The 100,000 Genomes Project has now received ethical approval for the main phase of the programme. This is awarded by a Health Research Authority Research Ethics Committee (REC) and is the approval of the project’s Protocol which includes the information which will be given to everyone participating in the study. The 100,000 Genomes Project aims to help NHS patients and their families by offering them a genetic diagnosis where they did not have one, plus the prospect of more choices in their care and better,

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Genomics England partners with the UK’s largest biosample facility

Genomics England has announced today a partnership with the NIHR National Biosample Centre, opened in January by the Minister for Life Sciences George Freeman. The £24 million state-of-the-art facility will store the samples of rare disease and cancer patients taking part in the 100,000 Genomes Project.

The Milton Keynes-based Centre, which is the largest biosample facility in the UK, was opened to help increase national capacity and capability to develop research.

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NHS Genomic Medicine Centres announced for 100,000 Genomes Project

NHS England has announced eleven Genomic Medicine Centres that will lead the way in delivering the 100,000 Genomes Project. This marks the start of the main phase of the Project in 2015.

It is anticipated that there will be over 75,000 participants, which will include some patients with life threatening and debilitating disease. The GMCs will begin recruitment to the project from 2nd February 2015.

After samples are collected, they will be sent securely to Illumina,

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UK to become world number one in DNA testing with plan to revolutionise fight against cancer and rare diseases

The UK is set to become the world leader in ground-breaking genetic research into cancer and rare diseases, which will transform how diseases are diagnosed and treated, thanks to a package of investment worth more than £300million, the Prime Minister will announce today.

The four year project will allow scientists to do pioneering new research to decode 100,000 human genomes – a patient’s personal DNA code. The landmark project is on a scale not seen anywhere else in the world and is part of the Prime Minister’s commitment to ensure the NHS as well as the UK’s research and life science sector is at the forefront of global advances in modern medicine.

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Software innovators being invited to bid for share of £10 million fund

Businesses are being offered a share of £10 million to develop cutting edge technology to analyse and better interpret significant variations in the DNA of NHS patients with serious illnesses.

The Department of Health and Genomics England are inviting innovators to develop high-tech software products that will support its goal to sequence and better understand genomes for NHS patients with cancer and rare inherited diseases.

Developments in computer software could improve the reports to NHS doctors and the feedback they give to patients of what whole genome sequencing has found,

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Genomics England launched, mapping DNA to better understand cancer, rare and infectious diseases

Jeremy Hunt MP

The government’s major drive to introduce high-tech DNA mapping for patients will start by tackling cancer, rare diseases and infectious diseases, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt announced today, the NHS’ 65th birthday, alongside plans to make the NHS a personal service for every patient.

In December Prime Minister David Cameron announced that the personal DNA code – known as a genome – of up to 100,000 patients or infections in patients will be sequenced over the next five years.

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