West Midlands Genomic Medicine Centre
Transforming diagnosis and treatment for patients with cancer and rare diseases
Regional Network of Genomic Centres
The West Midlands Genomic Medicine Centre (WMGMC) is a partnership of 16 NHS acute Trusts across the region working collaboratively to help to deliver the nationwide 100,000 Genomes Project. It is one of 13 similar centres covering the whole country set up by NHS England.
We cover urban centres in Birmingham, the Black Country, Coventry and Stoke-on-Trent as well as predominantly rural shires across to the Welsh border, with the 16 partner Trusts in our geographical footprint serving a diverse population of 5.6 million people.
The 100,000 Genomes Project involves collecting and decoding 100,000 whole human genomes – complete sets of people’s genes – that will enable scientists and doctors to better understand certain rare diseases and cancers.
The WMGMC is delivering up to 13,000 of the total number of genomes and has been recruiting patients with rare diseases, as well as their family members, since May 2015 and patients with cancer since September 2015.
Rare disease recruitment ended in September 2018, with cancer recruitment continuing until November 2018. Results are continuing to be returned to participants throughout 2019, ahead of the transition to a Genomic Medicine Service in 2020.