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Region’s first year of Genomic Medicine

THE Yorkshire and Humber Genomic Medicine Centre (YH GMC) has celebrated its first year of operation by inviting staff and recruiting teams to share key successes.

The flagship programme, established by Genomics England, and being delivered by the GMC as one of 13 across the country, aims to sequence 100,000 whole genomes from NHS patients by 2017. A genome is an individual’s unique sequence of DNA, 3.2 billion letters long, and found in almost every cell in the body.

Knowing and understanding how this sequence of DNA works could unlock the genetic roots of how rare inherited diseases and some forms of cancer develop. This in turn can help guide and inform doctors about which treatments will be the most effective. The Centre covers the whole of the Yorkshire and Humber, including key cities such as Sheffield and Leeds, and serves a population of 5.3 million.

Members of the team gathered to hear about the past year’s key milestones and successes.

gill-presenting-at-yhgmc-year-birthday_2Gill Wilson, programme manager for the Yorkshire and Humber NHS Genomic Medicine Centre (pictured right), said: “This is a hugely exciting project which could transform the way medicine is delivered in the future. Our passionate team have been fantastic over the past year. Through their efforts we have managed to establish key processes, been awarded go live status by Genomics England for both rare diseases and cancer and recruited more than 480 participants into the project to date.”

The Yorkshire and Humber NHS Genomic Medicine Centre is a joint collaboration between Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust and Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust working in collaboration with our 11 local delivery partners, comprising the 20 other regional hospitals, supported by the Yorkshire and Humber Academic Health Science Network.

To find out more about the 100,000 Genomes Project in the Yorkshire and Humber email yhgmc@nhs.net or visit the website .