People are now being recruited to a ground-breaking national healthcare programme in all major hospitals across Birmingham – with nearly 2,000 signed up so far.

The 100,000 Genomes Project is an ambitious NHS England initiative which aims to improve diagnosis and treatment of rare diseases and cancers by collecting and decoding 100,000 human genomes – complete sets of people’s genes – paving the way for personalised treatment.

Eighteen NHS trusts across the region have come together to form the University Hospitals Birmingham-led West Midlands Genomic Medicine Centre (WMGMC), one of thirteen centres nationwide helping to deliver the project.

The recruitment of a cardiac patient at City Hospital means that all of Birmingham’s major hospitals – Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, Heartlands, Birmingham Children’s, Birmingham Women’s and the Royal Orthopaedic – are now signing up participants.

Professor Dion Morton, Director of the WMGMC, said: “We are delighted to be playing a key part in this ground-breaking national project.

“The West Midlands’ diverse population, coupled with the expertise of our collaborators, has the potential to not only benefit our patients but to put the region at the centre of genomics worldwide. Read more

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