100,000 Genomes Project takes centre stage at Healthcare Science Week

The national event, as part of British Science Week, offers a unique opportunity to go ‘behind the scenes’ of many labs and scientific facilities

NHS Genomic medicine centres (GMCs) leading the 100,000 Genomes Project are to feature as part of Healthcare Science Week – a national event running from 11-20th March.

The week gives people a chance to find out first-hand about healthcare scientists’ pioneering work and the vital role they play in patient care and treatment. It’s also a great opportunity to find out more about careers in healthcare science.

Among the scientists and clinicians talking about their work will be individuals from the Genomic medicine centres involved in the 100,000 Genomes Project, which is supported by the Genomics Education Programme.
A total of 13 centres are working with patients and participants in the project to lay the foundations for a personalised medicine service across the NHS – setting global standards for tumour DNA extraction, whole genome sequencing and its analysis.

Visitors will be able to find out more about the work involved in the 100,000 Genomes Project at a number of events, including:

Cambridge: East of England NHS GMC – Meet the genomics team at Addenbrooke’s Hospital on Sunday 20 March 11am-4pm. Find out more about the 100,000 Genomes Project and about genes, genomes and genome sequencing.

Manchester: Greater Manchester NHS GMC is hosting a 100,000 Genomes Project participant day on Thursday 17 March at Saint Mary’s Hospital. An opportunity for participants to come into the department and meet the team leading the project.

Exeter: South West NHS GMC is hosting an event at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital Wonford site, from Monday 14 to Thursday 17 March, to promote awareness of the 100,000 Genomes Project and careers in Healthcare Science.

These are just a few of the events taking place this month covering all aspects of healthcare science – there are hundreds more all over the country. To find out what’s happening on your doorstep and feel enthused for the ground-breaking scientific work taking place in the NHS for the benefit of patients; visit the Healthcare Science Week website.

More ‘open house’ events are being organised by British Science Week and you can find out more about the exciting range of careers in healthcare science on the Health Careers website.