The East of England NHS Genomic Medicine Centre (GMC) is part of a national network of 13 GMCs taking part in the 100,000 Genomes Project. The map below shows the 13 regions taking part in England: click on it to enlarge. If you do not live within the geographical area covered by the East of England GMC you could still take part through the other regional GMCs.
As the home of DNA, the East of England is rich in genetics-related research, teaching, innovation, and events. The East of England Genomic Medicine Centre serves as an interface between these activities and the NHS.
With the consent of participants and the support of the public, together we are creating a lasting legacy for patients, the NHS and the UK economy through the sequencing of 100,000 Genomes.
My genetic diagnosis
A major aim of the project is to identify the cause of rare diseases for those who do not have a genetic diagnosis.
If the 100,000 Genomes Project finds the cause of your disease your specialist doctor will be told and he or she will let you know the result. Before feeding this result back to you there will be several additional tests done on your sample to confirm that the genetic diagnosis is correct.
Additional genetic information
Participants have the choice to receive additional genetic information about themselves from a limited list of genes on offer that do not relate to the rare disease in the family. You will be contacted by your specialist doctor if you are found to have a genetic change in one of these genes and will be referred to the appropriate specialist team to discuss this in more detail once you receive a result.
When will I get results?
In the early stages of the project results will take over a year to come through. By the end of the project in 2017 the aim is to achieve a three-month turnaround times from consent to result.
For many people no result will be available as the science may need further development in order to understand your disease. For those where no genetic diagnosis is easily found you will be contributing to ongoing research projects that aim to understand your disease better.
You can find out more about the project on this site and also on the Genomics England website.
The East of England NHS GMC is led by Cambridge University Hospitals, based on the Cambridge Biomedical Research Campus, working with partner organisations across the East of England.
The hospitals working with us:
- University Hospitals of Leicester
- Nottingham University Hospitals
- Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals
You can check out this Youtube video about Introduction into Genomics, or click on the image above.
READ more on the 100,000 Genomics Project: what it means for you, your family, future patients, and the UK genomics industry (downloadable pdf)
Find out more:
- What does the NHS say about personalized medicine? (downloadable pdf)
- If you are a patient or carer click here
- If you are a healthcare professional click here