100,000 Genomes Project

Birmingham Children’s Hospital is part of the West Midlands Genomic Medicine Centre, which is one of 13 centres across England delivering NHS England’s pioneering 100,000 Genomes Project.

The Project aims to sequence 100,000 genomes (the information in our DNA that makes us who we are) from around 70,000 people. Participants are NHS patients with certain cancers and patients with rare diseases plus their families.

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 for new and more effective treatments.

The project will also enable new medical research. Combining genomic sequence data with medical records will create a ground-breaking resource and potentially lead to increased understanding of diseases and their causes, with better diagnosis and treatment as a result.

The West Midlands Genomic Medicine Centre will draw upon the region’s diverse population to provide up to 13,000 of the 100,000 genomes from 18 participating acute NHS trusts (local delivery partners) within the region.

For more information email wmgmc@nhs.net or visit www.westmidsgmc.nhs.uk. Alternatively, contact the 100,000 Genomes Team at Birmingham Children’s Hospital by emailing WMGMC@bch.nhs.uk or calling 0121 333 9999 Ext. 6493.

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