The 100,000 Genomes Project

02 January 2015

The West Midlands will deliver one of 11 centres across the country that will lead the way in delivering the 100,000 Genomes Project.

The three-year project, announced today (Monday 22 December 2014) by NHS England and launched by the Prime Minister earlier this year, will transform diagnosis and treatment for patients with cancer and rare diseases.

The initiative involves collecting and decoding 100,000 human genomes – complete sets of people’s genes – that will enable scientists and doctors to understand more about specific conditions.

The West Midlands Genomics Medicine Centre (WM GMC) will deliver up to 18,000 of the total number of genomes, drawing on its unique population demographic through a collaboration of 18 healthcare organisations.

University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust is leading the WM GMC with the University of Birmingham as its academic partner. The other regional Trusts in the consortium are:

  • Birmingham Children’s Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  • Birmingham Women’s Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  • Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust
  • Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust
  • University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust
  • University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust
  • The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust
  • George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust
  • South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust
  • Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Wye Valley NHS Trust
  • Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust
  • Royal Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  • Royal Shrewsbury Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  • Burton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust

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