Genomics England is responsible for the 100,000 Genomes Project

Video Tip of the Week: 100,000 Genomes Project

Genomics England is responsible for the 100,000 Genomes Project

Genomics England is responsible for the 100,000 Genomes Project

Software tools are certainly our focus for most of our tips of the week. But a key aspect of using the software and data repositories is that they rely on quality data. So sometimes we’ll highlight specific projects that will provide data to researchers, and this tip is one of those cases. Researchers should be aware of the data, understand the project goals, and that they may benefit from access to this information in the future. So this week, we’ll highlight the 100,000 Genomes Project as our video tip of the week.

Genomics England is the organization that is in charge of this project. From their “about” page, you can learn more about the organization and structure. But I’ll post their specific goals here:

  • to bring benefit to patients
  • to create an ethical and transparent programme based on consent 
  • to enable new scientific discovery and medical insights
  • to kickstart the development of a UK genomics industry

Oh, how I yearn for a national health system that has this kind of opportunity and security for patients. I hope they can keep it. </aside over>

I saw their outreach video the other day, and I thought it was well done. So to get an overview of their efforts, that video is this week’s Tip of the Week:

Another reason I wanted to highlight this project is that there is a deadline for researchers to apply for access to this project that is coming up soon:

Deadline for researchers:

So if you are in a position to help with this project, consider this call to action and sign up. It seems to be very valuable in getting personalized medicine to patients in specific ways, while also benefiting the genomics-to-clinic transition that all of us will need. You can learn more about the need to input on the data here in a second video. They have emphasized the aspect for training people in this topic, which is music to my ears as well. Young researchers who can get involved with this work should benefit for many years as the data comes along and we can follow patients over time.

Quick links:

Genomics England: http://www.genomicsengland.co.uk/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/genomicsengland

References:

Siva, N. (2015). UK gears up to decode 100 000 genomes from NHS patients The Lancet, 385 (9963), 103-104 DOI: 10.1016/S0140-6736(14)62453-3

Caulfield M., Davies J., Dennys M., et al “The 100,000 Genomes Project Protocol” London: Genomics England (2014) Available at: genomicsengland.co.uk/?wpdmdl=5168 (Accessed: Oct 8 2015)