A new NHS Genomic Medicine Centre, part of the Genomes Project, has announced they have drafted in their first patient and are progresing in their aim to transform patient care
(London, UK) The ground-breaking 100,000 Genomes Project, launched by David Cameron in 2012, has seen its new NHS Genomic Medical Centre (GMC) in Yorkshire take in their first patient to provide a blood sample as she is being investigated for a rare disease.
The project will transform diagnosis and treatment for patients with cancer and rare diseases, while driving improvements in the rapidly changing field of genomic medicine.
Life Sciences Minister George Freeman MP said: “Our revolutionary 100,000 Genomes Project is bringing 21st century medicine to NHS patients in Yorkshire and Humber.
“Recruiting the first patient not only confirms the region’s vital role in enhancing the UK’s reputation as a world-leader in medical science, it will also help to pioneer new ways of diagnosing and treating cancer and rare diseases.”
Patients who take part in the programme are helping scientists and doctors learn more about specific conditions, identifying potential genetic causes and changing the way diagnosis and treatment can take place in the future.
The first patient recruited by the Yorkshire & Humber GMC, one of 13 centres across the country, was 49-year-old Donna Proctor. Her case is being investigated for a rare disease which results in an inherited predisposition to cancer.
Dr Andrew Jack, Clinical Director for the Yorkshire and Humber NHS GMC project added: “Genomics is key to the future of medicine. Patients with inherited genetic disorders and cancer will benefit though the provision of more efficient diagnosis, better patient information and by enabling access to the next generation of targeted therapies.
“We will achieve this by harnessing the enthusiasm of clinicians and patients across the region.”
Professor Sue Hill, the Chief Scientific Officer for England said: “This is a great step forward for healthcare in Yorkshire and Humber and another step in keeping NHS care at the cutting edge of science. The contribution of people like Donna, and many, many others like her, is helping to build the future of health care across the country.
“The UK is already a leader in genomic technologies and the unique structure of the NHS allows us to deliver these advances at scale and pace for patient benefit. This is another step towards building the knowledge and skills to improve care for generations to come.”
It is thought that around 70,000 people will be involved in the 100,000 Genomes Project, which includes some patients with cancer and rare diseases. You can find out more at the centres based across the UK.