On 25 September 2015, University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust recruited its first family to the 100,000 Genomes Project. This project focuses on patients living in England with rare diseases and their families, and patients with cancer. Sequencing 100,000 genomes will enable scientists and doctors to understand more about specific conditions and how we treat them and will greatly enhance the genomic diagnostic capability in the NHS.
Genomics England, a company owned by the Department of Health, is co-ordinating this work, while 11 NHS Genomic Medicine Centers (NHS GMCs) have been established so far across England. The role of the NHS GMCs is to identify, recruit and consent patients, collect and process samples and capture and submit data through to the validation of the results, to enable clinicians to feed back information to patients and manage the treatment of individuals. University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust itself is part of the east of England NHS GMC.
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