A Django site.
October 5, 2009

Genomics News
gennews
is about »
» Inherited high cholesterol – Wales to lead screening in the UK

Last week Edwina Hart (Health Minister for the Welsh Assembly Government) announced the introduction of a new screening programme to identify people who are at risk of heart attacks due to high cholesterol.

The partnership between WAG and the British Heart Foundation will fund the roll-out of a programme specifically aimed at identifying people at risk of an inherited form of high cholesterol (familial hypercholesterolaemia). FH is a condition that affects 1 in 500 of the population, but often goes undiagnosed. Because of the way FH can be passed on (autosomal dominant inheritance), first degree relatives (parents, children, siblings) of individuals with the condition are at 50% risk of also having it. Press Release

March 25, 2009

Genomics News
gennews
is about »
» Family History Tools are 'One to Watch'

Great news this week from colleagues at the NHS National Genetics Education and Development Centre. Our Family History series of resources (which includes fact sheets, drawing tool and video scenario for drawing and taking a family history) won “The One to Watch Category” in the West Midlands NHS Innovation Competition 2008 held in Birmingham. The Centre will now go forward to the National Awards in London this month as a short-listed finalist in the Diagnostics & Therapeutics Category.

Pocket sized drawing tools (like ours – see below) with cut out shapes to keep symbols consistent when drawing a family history are available – Great for those who know what they are doing. We work with health professionals from outside the area of genetics who often require support to get started. What is innovative about this tool is that both sides contain information on how to begin to draw a history and the sorts of details that needs to be recorded.

All our resources are freely available from the Centre for educational use and more will be added over the coming months. Click here to view some of the resources currently available.

If you take a look at any of them please post a comment on the blog – we are always looking for feedback.

Family History Drawing Tool

Centre Manager Candy Cooley and colleague Michelle Madeley accept the award

December 3, 2008

Genomics News
gennews
is about »
» The news just gets better.

Hot off the wire: The NHS National Genetics Education and Development Centre’s Family History series of resources (see blog below) has, this afternoon, come runner up in the National Awards in London in the Diagnostics & Therapeutics Category.

October 27, 2008

Genomics News
gennews
is about »
» GPU Lords it!

The work of the GPU is getting something of an airing at the House of Lords. Two weeks ago, the GAMY project was mentioned during the hearing of the House of Lords Science and Technology Sub Committee on Genomic Medicine, as an excellent example of work going on to engage young people in genetics. Last week, Prof Maggie Kirk was invited to give evidence to the same committee later in November. The evidence submitted by Maggie and myself from the NHS National Genetics Education and Development Centre Nursing Team, has been ‘read with interest’ and their lordships would like to hear more.