The Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital, part of the West Midlands Genomic Medicine Centre, has won an award at the prestigious Meridian Celebration of Innovation Awards run by the West Midlands Academic Health Science Network (WMAHSN).

The Neuromuscular team, Biobank of the Study of Health and Disease, and Sarcoma team at the Oswestry-based hospital placed Highly Commended in the Advanced Diagnostics, Genomics and Precision Medicine Award and won the Meridian Award.

The Celebration of Innovation Awards were launched back in 2016 to recognise and celebrate the work of individuals and organisations who develop better healthcare and increase wealth for local people.

Around 150 people from the regions NHS, third sector and academia organisations gathered at the Birmingham Conference and Events Centre to find out the winners.

RJAH was nominated in the Advanced Diagnostics, Genomics and Precision Medicine category for the way the Neuromuscular and Sarcoma teams have embedded the 100,000 Genomes Project into clinics to improve patient care, with support from the Biobank.

The 100,000 Genomes Pro0ject is a Government-funded programme which uses genetics to help improve the knowledge and treatment of rare diseases and some cancers.

The project involves samples of DNA being taken from consenting patients, which are then sequenced to look for genes related to diseases such as muscular dystrophy, a group of diseases that cause weakness and degeneration of the muscles.

RJAH signed up for the project in 2016.

After achieving Highly Commended in their category, RJAH also won the special Meridian Award in recognition of their determination to recruit patients for the 100,000 Genomes Project.

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