University Hospitals of North Midlands (UHNM) has successfully recruited its 100th patient to the 100,000 Genomes Project.
UHNM is one of 18 NHS Trusts across the region which have come together to form the West Midlands Genomic Medicine Centre (WMGMC) – one of 13 such collaborations in England which are delivering the programme.
Nationally, the project will sequence 100,000 genomes from around 70,000 people. Participants are NHS patients with a rare disease, plus their families, and patients with cancer.
Some patients involved in the 100,000 Genomes Project have already benefited because a better treatment has been identified for them or their condition has been diagnosed for the first time.
However, for many, the benefit will be in knowing that they may be helping people like themselves in the future through research using the genomic data they have generously made available to be studied but all will also know that. as a result of their involvement, an infrastructure will be developed which, in the future, will enable the NHS to offer genomic services much more widely.
WMGMC Genomics Ambassador, Dr Christopher Clowes, said: “We are delighted to have recruited our 100th patient to the project at UHNM and are happy with progress that we’ve made so far. However, there are many more patients at UHNM to whom we can extend the opportunity to obtain a genomic-level diagnosis for their genetic condition.
“There has been some very positive feedback to the project from patients and from colleagues across the region about the work we are carrying out here at UHNM.” Read more