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March 10, 2008

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» Do you live or have contacts in Merthyr Tydfil?

Rachel and her team (Niki, Kim and Maria) are now recruiting young people (aged 16-19) from the Merthyr area to their Wellcome Trust funded project (see Jan 28 and Nov 02 2007 blogs). This exciting piece of work is going to last 12 months and the young people involved will get to choose how they want to explore what inherited illness means to them, their families and their community. Opportunities to use multi-media equipment (including photography, film and music) are available and each participant will get a digital camera plus some payment for their time.

If you live or have contacts in Merthyr we’d be delighted if you would distribute the flyer – the broader the better! No knowledge of genetics or science is needed and the team is keen to involve young people both in and outside of education and training. For those interested there is an informal information day taking place on April 4 (10-3pm) at the Castle Hotel (see flyer). For more information, contact Nicki (ntaverne@glam.ac.uk) or Kim (kmadden@glam.ac.uk). Call 01443-483801 or text 07970-872474 or 07979-962013

January 28, 2008

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» Wellcome Trust Family History Grant

Friday saw the first meeting of the advisory group for the Genetic Literacy and Family History project (funded by the Wellcome Trust. Rachel Iredale from the GPU is leading on the project along with Mark Brake (Science Communication), Steven Harris (Science Shops Wales), Martin O’Neill (Merthyr Media) and Maggie Kirk. The two researchers who’ll be working with young people in the Merthyr area are about to start. They will be working with a group of 16-18 year olds on a number of tasks and creative projects (to be decided by the young people themselves) to explore the views they hold about genetics. This looks like it’s going to be a really exciting project so watch this space over the next two years to read updates on how the work progresses.