Five staff at University Hospitals Birmingham (UHB) NHS Foundation Trust and one from Heart of England (HEFT) NHS Foundation Trust are the latest members of the West Midlands Genomic Medicine Centre (WMGMC) ‘100 Club’ – each having consented more than 100 people to the 100,000 Genomes Project.

UHB Genomics Project Nurse Manager Rachel Hornabrook and Cardiology Senior Research Sister Annette Nilsson both received certificates from Chief Executive Dame Julie Moore to mark their achievements, along with Emma Virgilio, Genomics Research Nurse at HEFT.

Unable to attend the presentation but also recognised were Senior Genomics Nurse Emma Skinner, Genomics Practitioner Hazel Smith and WMGMC Project Assistant Becky Parke, who are all based at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham.

Congratulating them all, Dame Julie said: “It’s great to see staff at UHB and HEFT playing their full part in delivering the 100,000 Genomes Project.

“They deserve all the praise they have received for their recruitment efforts to date, which reflect their dedication to providing the best in care to patients across the two organisations.”

Rachel added: “We all feel so proud to be involved in this ground-breaking project, with the potential to shape the way we diagnose and treat patients for decades to come.”

Patients with rare diseases and their family members are being recruited to the 100,000 Genomes Project, as well as those with many cancers, by 17 NHS trusts across the region which have come together to form the UHB-led WMGMC.

It is hoped that by combining the genomic data of participants with their medical records we will better understand what causes the conditions and how to treat them in a more personalised and targeted way. In some cases there may be a diagnosis where there was none before.

For more information about the 100,000 Genomes Project go to or call 0121 371 4821.

Pictured (l-r): Emma Virgilio, Dame Julie Moore, Rachel Hornabrook and Annette Nilsson.

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