The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Genomics Cafe success

Monday 15th May 2017

Last Friday the Genomics team at St. James’s held a Genomics Café in the Gledhow Wing. This was an opportunity for anyone passing by to drop in and find out more about the 100,000 Genomes Project as well as general information about genomics… and cake!

Genomics is a field of genetics that concerns the sequencing and analysis of an organism’s genome. The genome is the entire DNA content present within one cell of an organism.

The 100,000 Genomes Project is an ambitious national endeavour to sequence 100,000 genomes from people with rare diseases, their families, and patients with cancer.

The aim is to create a new genomic medicine service for the NHS that can offer quicker diagnosis. The project will also enable new medical research which could lead to new and more effective treatments.

The Yorkshire & Humber NHS Genomic Medicine Centre is the regional base for the project - a collaboration between NHS Trusts across the region, including LTHT.

Friday was International Nurses Day, which formed a focus for the event.

Jeanette Thorpe, from the Yorkshire & Humber NHS Genomic Medicine Centre, said: “We are keen to engage with all healthcare professionals but recognise that the nursing profession is key to the success of both the project and the transformation of genomic medicine in the future.”

Genomics Cafe

Keep an eye out for more events from the team in the future. To find out more about the project, see the website: