Monthly Archives: December 2014

NHS DNA scheme to fight rare genetic diseases


11 Genomics Medicine Centres are being established in English hospitals to gather DNA samples to help devise targeted treatments for a wide range of rare genetic diseases.

BBC Story here

Genomics England press release here

Interesting times ahead for rare diseases in 2015 – lets hope that we can capitalise on this big investment.



Tranlsational GenomicsThursday 11th December 2014


IGM and NICR are joining forces for a Research Showcase presenting our best translational science in genomic medicine. Both senior and junior scientists will present their findings, which will hopefully form the base of discussion as the day unfolds. Our expertise comes together through the 100,000 Genomes Project funded by the UK Government and being implemented by Genomics England. It is therefore entirely fitting that the day will conclude with a guest lecture from Professor Mark Caulfield, Chief Scientist at Genomics England and Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine at Queen Mary, University of London. Professor Caulfield will bring us up to date on this national project, which has attracted international attention. The impact of the 100,000 Genome Project will extend well beyond IGM and NICR, affecting our lives both professionally and personally. We therefore look forward to seeing you on 11th December 2014.

Full Programme here Research Showcase 11th December 2014