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August 2020

Non-Invasive Prenatal Testing (NIPT) Online Course launch

August 10
Online United Kingdom

Non-Invasive Prenatal Testing (NIPT): An Introduction for Healthcare Professionals Get broad insight into the key issues surrounding Non-Invasive Prenatal Testing with this free online course for healthcare professionals, accredited by the Royal College of Midwives. Topics covered: Overview of genetics: The fundamentals that underpin genomics NIPT: The discovery of fetal cell free DNA Developments of the scientific technology behind NIPT Clinical implementation and limitations of NIPT Information provision, communication and individualised choice Social and ethical implications of screening Current concerns…

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How do we “do” consent? Clinical & research models in Genomic Medicine

August 12 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Online United Kingdom

HOW DO WE ‘DO’ CONSENT? CLINICAL & RESEARCH MODELS IN GENOMIC MEDICINE: 100,000 GENOMES PROJECT AND BEYOND   In this webinar, Prof Christine Patch will talk through what has been achieved in the “patient choice” process of consent developed during 100k Genomes and reflect on the challenges of creating an ethically robust research ecosystem as a routine part of clinical care. Find the webinar link and further details on the Wellcome Genome Campus event page.

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Science Policy: Improving the Uptake of Research into UK Policy Virtual Conference

August 24 @ 10:00 am - August 26 @ 1:00 pm
Online United Kingdom

This event will provide early career researchers (PhD students, post-doctoral fellows and early career faculty) with an introduction to policymaking, show them how to engage with policy makers, either by their research being used to influence policy or by moving into a career in science policy. Topics will include: How does research inform policy? Getting evidence to where it’s needed The role of intermediaries in policy making International science policy How to influence policy as a researcher A career in…

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Cancer prevention, care and research in England – priorities for diagnostics, local care delivery and accessing innovation

August 25 @ 8:30 am - 1:30 pm
Online United Kingdom

Join the Westminster Health Forum's online policy conference on Cancer prevention, care and research in England.   The agenda: Meeting national ambitions for cancer care, the impact of COVID-19 and priorities going forward Developing Cancer Alliances - progress, best practice and implementing five-year plans Priorities for cancer screening and prevention - accountability, accessibility and reducing inequalities Cancer diagnosis and care in England - progress of Rapid Diagnostic Centres, workforce priorities, meeting diagnostic capacity and delivering personalised care Assessing the next…

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September 2020

The future for advanced therapies in the UK – research, innovation, and regulation

September 9 @ 8:30 am - 1:30 pm
Online United Kingdom

Join the Westminster Health Forum's online policy conference on The future for advanced therapies in the UK - research, innovation, and regulation.   The agenda: Advanced therapies: power and potential for the UK - with Matthew Durdy, The Cell and Gene Therapy Catapult Key issues for research and development - investment, infrastructure, workforce and manufacturing Accelerating the process from research to treatment - assessment and approval of advanced therapies - with Nick Crabb, NICE Developing the regulatory structure - collaboration, innovation and…

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Reproducibility, Replicability and Trust in Science Virtual Conference

September 9 @ 12:30 pm - September 11 @ 2:00 pm
Online United Kingdom

The overarching theme of this conference is to position the challenge of reproducibility and replicability as a behaviour-change problem that when addressed can lead to culture change within research. The participation of early career researchers will be a will be a strong and prominent thread throughout the conference. The programme will focus on the following areas: Infrastructure and tools that make behaviour change possible or easier, led, for example, by service providers of open data infrastructure or publishing mechanisms Normative…

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Genome Informatics Virtual Conference

September 14 @ 1:00 pm - September 16 @ 7:00 pm
Online United Kingdom

The recent ‘explosion’ in new data requires biologists to increase the scale and sophistication of the information technology used in their research. The conference will encompass a wide range of methods for the analysis of these data, including a focus on approaches such as variant-calling, transcriptomic analysis, and variant interpretation, applied to large genomic data sets. Scientific sessions: Microbial and Metagenomics Sequencing Algorithms, Variant Discovery and Genome Assembly Evolution, Complex Traits and Phylogenetics Personal and Medical Genomics Transcriptomics Genome and…

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Genetic Analysis of Population-based Association Studies Virtual Course

September 21 - September 25
Online United Kingdom

This advanced course aims to give researchers involved in genetic disease studies a firm grounding in the use of the latest statistical methods and software for analysis of genetic association studies. The programme will include lecture, discussion and computer-based practical sessions covering the following topics: Introduction to genetic association studies Basic association analysis and meta-analysis Quality control and population structure Haplotype estimation and genotype imputation Heritability and mixed models Analysis of rare variants Mendelian randomisation Post-GWAS interrogation Practical Sessions The…

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CRISPR and Beyond: Perturbations at Scale to Understand Genomes Virtual Conference

September 22 @ 12:45 pm - September 25 @ 4:20 pm
Online United Kingdom

This year’s programme will cover approaches that modulate the genome and its context at scale, from single nucleotides and genes to hundreds of growth environments. Topics will include: Understanding impact of coding variants Measuring consequences of non-coding variation Genetic screens to ascertain function in cells and organisms Base editing at scale Gene editing and disease Interactions with genes, drugs, and environment Single-cell approaches New technology for readouts and perturbations The conference will bring together biomedical researchers working on high throughput…

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Genomic Imprinting – from Biology to Disease Virtual Conference

September 28 @ 1:00 pm - October 1 @ 5:00 pm
Online United Kingdom

This conference aims at bringing together basic research scientists, health care professionals and others from different disciplines in order to share expertise in genomic imprinting and imprinting disorders and provide opportunities for cross-disciplinary collaborations. Topics will include: Epigenetics mechanisms and imprinting Life Cycle of imprinting Environment and imprinting Inherited factors Clinical aspects Imprinting disorders and beyond Techniques and sequencing The conference is held in collaboration with the newly formed International Genomic Imprinting Society (IGIS). The abstract deadline is 4th August…

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October 2020

Working with Protozoan Parasite Database Resources Virtual Course

October 5 - October 9
Online United Kingdom

This course aims to provide experimental biologists working on protozoan parasites with hands-on experience in genomic-scale data analysis. The programme will include lecture and practical computational sessions covering the following topics: Visualisation of sequence features and next generation sequencing data using the Artemis genome browser and annotation tool Genome browsing and comparative genomics (ACT and JBrowse/GBrowse) Formulating complex biological queries in computationally accessible form Web-based resources including the GeneDB.org and VEuPathDB.org family of databases Integrating functional genomics data (RNA-seq, ChIP-seq,…

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Next Generation Sequencing Bioinformatics Virtual Course

October 19 - October 23
Online United Kingdom

This next generation sequencing bioinformatics course aims to equip participants with the essential informatics skills and knowledge required to begin analysing next generation sequencing data and carry out some of the most common types of analysis. The hands-on programme will cover several aspects of next generation sequencing data analysis, including lectures, discussions and practical computational sessions covering the following: Introduction to NGS technologies Introduction to the unix command line Advanced unix NGS data formats and tools Sequence alignment+QC SNP/indel theory…

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Data in healthcare and life sciences – collection, innovation and data use

October 20 @ 8:30 am - 1:30 pm
Online United Kingdom

Join the Westminster Health Forum's online conference on Data in healthcare and life sciences - collection, innovation and data use.   The agenda will cover: The role of Life Sciences and data in improving patient care and outcomes - progress made since the industrial strategy and maximising impact into the future Improving the collection and utilisation of data in healthcare - supporting rapid response, track, trace and test services, trust, access, training and regulation: Increasing availability and access to data…

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Exploring Human Host-Microbiome Interactions in Health and Disease Virtual Conference

October 21 @ 12:00 pm - November 1 @ 1:30 pm
Online United Kingdom

This meeting will update current knowledge of how various microbiomes (skin, oral, gut, lung, non-bacterial etc.) communicate with the host and the factors that influence these interactions. The programme will feature new developments enabled by new technologies. Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in discussions on how to apply recent discoveries to disease processes, health restoration and maintenance. Topics will include: Manipulating the microbiome Immune influences on the microbiome Next generation probiotics Host-microbiome interactions Oral and nasal microbiome Fecal…

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November 2020

Antimicrobial Resistance – Genomes, Big Data and Emerging Technologies Virtual Conference

November 4 @ 1:00 pm - November 6 @ 7:00 pm
Online United Kingdom

This year the conference will highlight the role of genomic evidence – from internal and external environments as well as its role in the detection, tracking and control of antimicrobial resistance, especially in low- and middle-income countries. Topics will include:         Global burden of disease from drug-resistant infections: monitoring and evaluation         Genomic evidence that informs the debate on the role of external and internal environments in AMR         Genomic surveillance and epidemiology: its…

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Technology in the NHS – innovation, uptake and regulation

November 12 @ 8:30 am - 1:30 pm
Online United Kingdom

Join the Westminster Health Forum's online conference on Technology in the NHS - innovation, uptake and regulation.   Areas for discussion include: the way forward for technology implementation in the context of ambitions in the NHS Long Term Plan what has been learned from the role of healthcare technologies in the response to COVID-19 - including in: the development of contact tracing, testing and tracking supporting research to produce a vaccine innovation and organisational transformation by the sector for the…

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Epigenomics of Common Diseases Virtual Conference

November 18 @ 1:00 pm - November 20 @ 7:00 pm
Online United Kingdom

The 9th Epigenomics of Common Diseases conference invites scientists working on experimental and computational epigenomics and epigenetics to showcase the latest developments in the field and discuss epigenomic approaches in common human diseases. Epigenetic variation plays an important role in disease processes and provides a promising focus for disease prediction, prevention and treatment. Technological advancements in the past few years have fuelled a dramatic increase in the scale, breadth and availability of epigenomic reference maps, including populational and environmental epigenomic…

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Genomics for Dermatology Virtual Course

November 25 - November 27
Online United Kingdom

This course is designed to provide an introduction to human genetics and the genomic approaches used currently to understand disease mechanisms for those working in dermatology and skin biology. Topics will include: Introduction to genetics and genomics Variation in the human genome Epigenetics Monogenic skin diseases Bioinformatic approaches to GWAS datasets State-of-the-art technologies such as single cell transcriptomics Molecular mechanisms and therapeutics in genetic skin disease The discussion-based course is aimed at clinical dermatologists and skin biology researchers including those…

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Mitochondrial Medicine Virtual Conference

November 30 @ 2:00 pm - December 2 @ 2:00 pm
Online United Kingdom

Mitochondrial disorders have emerged as a major cause of inherited human disease. Although the past decade has seen major advances in our understanding of their genetic basis and the underlying pathology, these findings have yet to translate into new therapies. There is a growing appreciation that new treatments will only emerge through a concerted collaboration between clinicians, laboratory scientists and the life sciences industry, based on a firm understanding of the disease mechanisms. This conference will build new partnerships that…

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December 2020

Derivation and Culture of Human Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells (hiPSCs) Virtual Course

December 14 - December 17
Online United Kingdom

This popular course was established in 2015 in collaboration with the Wellcome Sanger Institute Cellular Generation and Phenotyping (CGaP) core facility and the UK Stem Cell Bank. The programme will include virtual practical laboratory sessions, lectures and discussions covering the following topics: Approaches for reprogramming of somatic cells (reprogramming methodologies – virus and episomal; somatic cell types – skin fibroblasts and PBMCs) Lectures on application of iPSC cells in disease modelling, genome editing and differentiation Cryopreservation and recovery Passaging Quality…

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With any Whole Genome Sequencing (WGS) test ordered, a Record of Discussion (RoD) form will also need to be submitted. This document is to record the patient’s consent for genomic testing and their choice on taking part in research. Guidance on the patient choice conversation can be found here
 
This RoD form will be available for clinicians to download from this webpage. Once completed with the patient, it can be send to the lab with the corresponding test order form and sample.
Tests available to order will be listed in the National Genomic Test Directory. A test order form will soon be made available for clinicians on this webpage to download and complete. This form will include the address of the laboratory that the appropriate sample and completed form needs to be sent to.
 
Until the new Genomic Laboratory Service goes live, please continue to follow existing test order processes.
 
Later this year, the online test ordering tool for Whole Genome Sequencing will be integrated into the National Genomics Informatics System (NGIS) and clinicians will be able to search or filter to find a clinical indication, confirm eligibility criteria and start the test request process for their patient.