An 18-year-old from Quarry Bank has become the 1,000th patient recruited at Birmingham Children’s Hospital to a project that is looking to transform the diagnosis and treatment of rare diseases and cancer.

The recruitment of Megan Wood to the 100,000 Genomes Project signalled the milestone for the dedicated team at the leading paediatric hospital.

The national initiative – the first of its type in the world – is working to decode complete sets of genetic information to help scientists and doctors understand more about specific conditions

Megan has been cared for by the hospital since she was two-years-old when she was diagnosed with systemic onset juvenile idiopathic arthritis and, later, interstitial lung disease.

She’s hoping that taking part in the project could help with more targeted and personalised treatment offered to both herself and others.

The Halesowen College student explained: “It can be really frustrating at times because my condition can mean I can’t do everyday things like my friends. That’s obviously annoying, so I’m hoping that by taking part it might lead to more of an explanation on what causes the problems.”

Since its launch in the summer of 2015 Birmingham Children’s Hospital has been a supporter of the project that will make the UK the first country to introduce this technology into its mainstream health system.

The hospital is one of 18 NHS Trusts which have come together to form the West Midlands Genomic Medicine Centre (WMGMC) and are collaborating to deliver the programme across the region. Read more


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