West of England Genomic Medicine Centre


About us

At the end of 2015 the West of England region was successfully awarded the status of being a national Genomic Medicine Centre.  The West of England Genomic Medicine Centre (WEGMC) has been set up with the aim to provide a Genomic Medicine Centre (GMC) service to the population in Bristol and parts of Gloucestershire, Somerset and Wiltshire. It is part of the Government’s 100,000 Genomes Project.  The centre is formed via a collaboration of 20 different organisations who came together to support the bid to develop the centre and will continue to work together to deliver the aims of the 100,000 Genomes Project in our region.

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 100,000 Genomes Project

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. The aim is to create a new genomic medicine service for the NHS – transforming the way people are cared for. Patients may be offered a diagnosis where there wasn’t one before. In time, there is the potential of new and more effective treatments.

If you would like to know more about the project, please call the information line on 0800 389 8221 (open Monday to Friday – 9:00am-5:00pm). Please note the line can’t give individual medical advice or advice about eligibility.

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MSc in Genomic Medicine funding applications now reopened

Health Education England’s (HEE) Genomics Education Programme’s (GEP) funded places for the Master’s in Genomic Medicine course have proved particularly popular and HEE is pleased to be able to reopen the application process for all courses starting in early 2017.

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 Genomics research fellowship scheme now available

Health Education England’s new fellowship scheme aims to build the genomics capacity and capability of the current NHS workforce and is now accepting applicants.

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 Updated education leaflet

This is the updated version, summarising current education offers in winter 2016

WE GMC Education Leaflet (Winter 2016) (7 downloads)