Leicester hosting ground-breaking conference for Genomes Project

Posted by es328 at Mar 07, 2017 04:53 PM |
Conference to discuss the future role of Genomics and the 100,000 Genome Project in transforming the NHS on Thursday 9 March

Issued by the University Hospitals of Leicester on 7 March 2017

The University of Leicester will host the inaugural UK Genomes conference on Wednesday 8 March Thursday 9 March at College Court, 150 Knighton Road, Leicester running from 9am – 5pm.

The aim of the conference is to discuss the future role of Genomics and the 100,000 Genome Project in transforming the National Health Service. It will also help develop National Institute of Health Research, educational, commercial and stakeholder collaborations. The event will be hosted by staff from Leicester’s Hospitals and the University of Leicester, including Professor Julian Barwell, Consultant Geneticist at Leicester’s Hospitals, Joanna Lowry, Genomic Medicine Centre Project Manager at Leicester’s Hospitals, Dr Ming Lim, Reader in Marketing & Organisation at the University of Leicester, and Dr Noelle Robertson, Senior Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Leicester. There will also be a number of guest speakers at the conference providing an insight into their work.

The conference will bring together a variety of people involved in healthcare including: Doctors, nurses, hospital managers, commissioners, patients, charities and stakeholder groups. Leicester’s Hospitals’ Chief Executive John Adler will also be attending the event alongside colleagues from the Trust. Everyone will come together at the conference to establish a shared vision for future healthcare both in Leicester and beyond.

Julian Barwell, who works at Leicester’s Hospitals as a Clinical Geneticist and as an Honorary Professor in the Department of Cancer Studies at the University of Leicester, explains further: “What is unique about this event is that doctors, nurses, clinical scientists, hospital managers, commissioners, university academics and patient groups are all working together. Leicester is where human variation through changes in our DNA was first described. This event is to plan how we can use such new technologies to improve the health of our local community.”

There will be a special 100,000 Genomes Project double-decker bus being supplied by First Bus, thanks to Leicester Depot manager Carl Woolley, which will park outside the conference between 8:30 to 9:30am before it starts its tour of the East of England, improving awareness of and access to genomic medicine. The 100,000 Genomes Project aims to carry out the full sequencing of the DNA code from the blood of approx. 20,000 patients and their relatives and blood and tumour samples of approx. 15,000 newly diagnosed patients with one of eight tumour groups (Renal, Breast, Ovarian, Endometrial, Prostate, Colorectal, Lung and Haematological malignancies with others to follow).

Rob Banner, Trustee for local prostate cancer charity PROSTaid, is delighted to help Leicester’s Hospitals’ Genetics team by promoting the 100,000 Genomes bus on its visits across Leicestershire. On-board information will enable the message to be taken to people across the region, helping them understand that cancer can run in families and how the Genomes project will help them. Few people realise the close relationship between genes and cancers. For example, if your mother had breast cancer you as a son are at a 70% increased risk of getting prostate cancer and if a man with prostate cancer has a daughter she has an 80% higher risk of getting breast cancer!”



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