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.

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3,000 people enrolled through WEGMC

3,000 people from across the West of England have now been enrolled through our Genomic Medicine Centre on the 100,000 Genomes Project.  As the rare diseases arm of the project is set to close in September 2018 the team are pleased that over 2,500 patients and family members have been able to have the opportunity to participate in this part of the project locally.  Cancer patients will continue to be enrolled until December 2018 as the project looks to transition into a new Genomic Medicine Service.
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