Author: Frances Sheridan

North Thames colleagues join genomics research and innovation fellowship scheme

HEE North Thames Fellows
(from right) Jana Vandrovcova, Daniel Lindsay, Celine Lewis

Three colleagues from across the North Thames region have been selected to join a prestigious new research and innovation fellowship launched by Health Education England’s (HEE) Genomics Education Programme.

A reception attended by leaders in science and healthcare took place on 30 January at the House of Lords to celebrate the official launch of the Genomics Research and Innovation Fellowship Scheme.

The HEE funded scheme was created to increase the capability and capacity of the current workforce, by giving candidates an opportunity to actively engage with genomics research with the aim of bringing new-found knowledge and skills into practice within the NHS. It was first announced in November 2016 and, after a rigorous 10-month application process, nine successful fellows were announced in October 2017.

The three fellows and their research topics from the North Thames region include:

  • Celine Lewis – Exploring and enhancing decision making about genome sequencing among young people
  • Jana Vandrovcova – A search for the missing: the utility of whole genome sequencing in clinical grade diagnostics of hereditary neurological disorders
  • Daniel Lindsay – Germline alteration in cancer exomes/ genomes

Fellows will contribute to the work of the Genomics Education Programme and will also become active members of the Faculty of Genomic Medicine.

Full details of all the fellows are available here.

‘Genomics in Medical Specialties’ series launched

The Genomics Education Programme (GEP) has been working in collaboration with champions of genomics from a range of clinical specialisms to produce a series of short films and accompanying information focusing on the impact of genomics. The first three films, ‘Genomics in Cardiology’, ‘Genomics in Pathology’ and ‘Genomics in Primary Care’ launched this week.

As genomics becomes embedded into routine care, those working in specialist clinics need to have an awareness of genomics and its application. This new series aims to provide key facts and useful information specific to each specialty.

Cardiology

Dr James Ware, Clinical Senior Lecturer at Imperial College London and Consultant Cardiologist at Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Trust, gives an overview of the latest advances in genomics in cardiology. This information will be of interest to those concerned with the latest developments in patient care and treatment, such as consultants and senior nurse specialists.

Pathology

Dr Jane Moorhead, Consultant Clinical Scientist in Histopathology at Kings College Hospital, and Professor Louise Jones, Consultant Pathologist at Barts Health NHS Trust and Professor of Pathology at Barts Cancer Institute, explain the latest developments in pathology and cancer treatment. This information will be useful for pathologists and clinical and biomedical scientists.

Primary Care

Dr Jude Hayward, a GP with a special interest in genetics and genomics, explains the importance of genomics in primary care and the role that primary care practitioners play in the delivery of personalised medicine. This information will be useful to all primary care professionals, including GPs, practice nurses, nurse practitioners, physician’s associates and healthcare assistants.

The films and accompanying information are now available on the GEP website. More films are due to be released this spring.