Online Courses

Tumour Assessment for Whole Genome Sequencing

Tumour Assessment for Whole Genome Sequencing

The work undertaken at the laboratory stage is vital for the assessment of whether a patient’s tumour sample is suitable for genomic testing. These online training modules, developed for histopathologists, biomedical scientists and clinical scientists, demonstrate the need for a systematic approach to estimating cellularity and neoplastic content of tumour tissue, to ensure reliable results from whole genome sequencing, and provide a step-by-step approach to one such method. The modules have been developed in collaboration with Dr David Gonzalez De Castro and Professor Manuel Salto-Tellez (Queen’s University Belfast) and colleagues from across the NHS. An accompanying assessment provides learners with the opportunity to test their knowledge in a digital laboratory environment.

This course is free to everyone.

Whole Genome Sequencing: Decoding the Language of Life and Health

Whole Genome Sequencing: Decoding the Language of Life and Health

Learn about this relatively new technology and its potential to transform healthcare in our new online course, launching on Futurelearn on 23rd January. The course will run over three weeks, covering the fundamentals of genomics and going behind the closed doors of the lab to explore the sequencing and interpretation process and the benefits to patients. Multimedia content includes interview videos with leading genomics experts.
Complete at your own pace (9 hours)

This course is free to everyone.

Sample Processing & DNA Extraction

Sample Processing and DNA Extraction

In order to ensure good results from whole genome sequencing, The 100,000 Genomes Project requires staff working in molecular genetics and histopathology laboratories at Genomic Medicine Centres to adhere to a set of new protocols for both the handling and processing of blood and tumour samples. This series of films has been developed in line with Genomics England protocol to support GMC staff.
Complete at your own pace (1 hour)

How you access our course depends on who you are:

If you work for the NHS, a partner or a UK university, access is free.
100,000 Genomes Project: Preparing for the Consent Conversation

100,000 Genomes Project: Preparing for the Consent Conversation

For eligible patients, the 100,000 Genomes Project begins with the consent conversation with their healthcare professional. This course guides health professionals in the key steps of the Project’s consent process, what to consider when preparing for the discussion with potential participants, and how to address their questions and concerns.
Complete at your own pace (1.5 hours)

  • Accreditation: 2 CPD credits, The Royal College of Physicians

How you access our course depends on who you are:

If you work for the NHS, a partner or a UK university, access is free.
Introduction to Bioinformatics

Introduction to Bioinformatics

Discover how bioinformatics is becoming increasingly important to contemporary healthcare research and delivery. Learn about the principles and practices of bioinformatics, the challenges it faces and the problems it can help to solve.
Complete at your own pace (1.5 hours)

How you access our course depends on who you are:

If you work for the NHS, a partner or a UK university, access is free.
Introduction to Genomics

Introduction to Genomics

With new technologies we can now examine the whole of a person’s DNA – their genome – quicker and cheaper than ever before. Learn about the fundamentals of genomics and discover its growing importance for healthcare.
Complete at your own pace (1.5 hours)

This course will continue to be free for now.