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 continued to work together to deliver the 100,000 Genomes Project and ambitions for mainstreaming genomic medicine in our region.

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Genomes Project successfully sequences 100,000 genomes

The 100,000 Genomes Project has successfully sequenced 100,000 genomes from around 70,000 people across the NHS. Results are now being returned to patients who have participated. The project has begun to deliver its wider aims as the new genomic medicine service for the NHS is being established in partnership with clinical and laboratory colleagues across the region.  For some patients enrollment into the project may offer a diagnosis where there wasn’t one before and in time, learnings from the project will support developments of potential new and more effective treatments.

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Over 3,500 people enrolled through WEGMC

Over 3,500 people from across the West of England have enrolled through our Genomic Medicine Centre into the 100,000 Genomes Project.  The rare diseases arm of the project closed in September 2018 and 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.  Enrollment of cancer patients continued until December 2018 and the focus of the project is now on providing feedback to those who took part and considering key learning to support the establishment of the future genomic medicine service.
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