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Yorkshire and Humber Genomic Medicine Centre

By Victoria Vaines, YHAHSN Added 9th March, 2016

The Yorkshire and Humber Genomics Medicine Centre is a collaboration between hospital trusts around the Yorkshire and Humber region to perform whole genome sequencing on patients with cancer and rare diseases. This is in collaboration with 12 other GMCs around the country, delivering into the 100 000 Genomes Project for NHS England and Genomics England.

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The initial function of the Genomic Medicine Centre was to deliver the 100 000 Genomes Project. The aim of this project is to sequence the whole genome of patients with rare diseases (and their families), and cancer (sampling both tumour and blood). By doing this we can develop more effective measures of treatment for patients in the future. This may also provide diagnoses to patients who have not been successful before with generic genetic testing. It will help cancer patients by potentially linking them to the best mode of treatment depending on their genetic makeup- personalised medicine. 

The 100 000 Genomes Project finishes in 2019 and the function of the Genomic Medicine Centre will move from being about sample collection to supporting the mainstream specialties to provide genetic and genomic testing for patients as part of their diagnostic pathway. 

The Yorkshire and Humber Genomic Medicine Centre will work closely with the Yorkshire and North East Genomic Laboratory Hub (GLH) as part of the Genomic Medicine Service. This is one of 7 genomics hubs in England and is a collaboration between services running in Newcastle, Leeds and Sheffield but cover the whole North East Quadrant.