Teachers’ Genetics CPD events


We are pleased to announce two genetics CPD (Continuing Professional Development) events for teachers in north and south Wales. These events are being held in collaboration with Techniquest.

Monday 26th June, 9.30am-3.30pm, Life Sciences Hub, Cardiff Bay

This event will comprise a series of short talks from experts on genetics topics relevant to the WJEC AS/A level biology syllabus (including Next Generation Sequencing, stem cells, epigenetics, and genetic and genomic testing and healthcare), followed by an interactive session on genetics and statistics, and an introduction to bioinformatics.  Lunch and refreshments provided.

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Funding: this course is subsidised by STEM LEARNING Ltd as part of their RCUK programme and so there is NO COST and teachers will be eligible for a £180 ENTHUSE/RCUK bursary.

To apply go to: https://www.stem.org.uk/cpd/386718/cutting-edge-biology

Places are limited so book as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. Places can only be booked via the above link.

For further information please contact: andrea@techniquest.org

Thursday 29th June, 9.30am-3.30pm, The Racecourse Stadium, Wrexham

This event will comprise a series of short talks from experts on genetics topics relevant to the WJEC AS/A level biology syllabus (including pharmacogenomics and personalised medicine, stem cells, plant genetics and GM crops, genomic testing and healthcare and the 100,000 Genomes Project), followed by a teachers’ focus group. Lunch and refreshments provided.

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Funding: this course is subsidised by STEM LEARNING Ltd as part of their RCUK programme and so there is NO COST and teachers will be eligible for a £180 ENTHUSE/RCUK bursary.

To apply go to: https://www.stem.org.uk/cpd/386718/cutting-edge-biology

Places are limited so book as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. Places can only be booked via the above link.

For further information please contact: andrea@techniquest.org

 

Schools’ screening of GATTACA with genetics talk


Wales Gene Park and Into Film present a free, unique schools’ screening of the film GATTACA at The Savoy Theatre, Monmouth

Wednesday 5th July 2017, 12.30pm to 3pm

GATTACA presents a future in which children are genetically designed to ensure that they possess the best hereditary traits of their parents. But, what about the science behind this?

To find out more, join us for a screening of GATTACA followed by a talk about the film by a genetics expert. Spaces will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. The event is aimed at school pupils aged 15+

For more information or to book, please email rhys.bebb@intofilm.org

 

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Most Engaging Stand award


The Wales Gene Park Engagement Team had an excellent day at the Heath and Care Research Wales Involving People Network Annual meeting at the Cardiff City stadium on 1st March 2017. The event, entitled Your voice: why it matters – how public involvement shapes the research pathway in Wales, was a great opportunity to meet with members of the public and network with colleagues.

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Angela Burgess and Rhian Morgan with the Wales Gene Park interactive stand

As well as highlighting the work of the Wales Gene Park our interactive stand, visited by many delegates throughout the day, featured several hands-on activities including our popular DNA sequence bracelets. A number of attendees also signed up to our Patient and Public Networks to become involved in future events and initiatives. Following an excellent programme of talks and workshops, the day ended with the award for the Most Engaging Stand, which the Wales Gene Park was delighted to win for the second year running.

Schools’ Genetics Roadshow 2017/18


Booking is now open for Wales Gene Park  Genetics Roadshow for schools and colleges in autumn 2017!

The roadshow offers free genetics-related talks to year 12/13 students in your own school or college. At each roadshow two to three expert speakers will talk on topics such as:

  • Inherited disorders
  • Genetic counselling
  • Stem cells
  • Personalised medicine
  • Genomics
  • Biodiversity
  • Forensic science
  • Genetic Engineering
  • Next Generation Sequencing
  • Genetic and genomic testing
  • Cancer genetics

Each talk is 15-20 minutes with time for questions afterwards. We will try and provide talks on your preferred topics, however choices cannot be guaranteed as they will depend on speaker availability. We normally require 100 or more students in the audience for 3 speakers. If you are unable to provide this number, we can help you join with nearby schools/colleges (or arrange other options) so please contact us to discuss further.

To book a FREE genetics roadshow for your school/college please complete the booking form and return it to morganrr1@cardiff.ac.uk or for more information email walesgenepark@cardiff.ac.uk or phone 02920 746940

 

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New MSc in Genetic and Genomic Counselling!


We are delighted to announce that Cardiff University’s new 3-year, part-time, largely distance learning MSc in Genetic and Genomic Counselling course is now open for applications, with commencement in September 2018. The closing date for applications in 31 May 2017.

The course is accredited by both the UK Genetic Counsellor Registration Board and by the European Board of Medical Genetics. Further information about the course can be fund on the Cardiff University website

Please contact PGTMedAdmissions@cardiff.ac.uk for more information.

Schools’ screening of GATTACA with genetics talk


Wales Gene Park and Into Film present a free, unique schools’ screening of the film GATTACA at The Savoy Theatre, Monmouth

Wednesday 5th July 2017, 12.30pm to 3pm

GATTACA presents a future in which children are genetically designed to ensure that they possess the best hereditary traits of their parents. But, what about the science behind this?

To find out more, join us for a screening of GATTACA followed by a talk about the film by a genetics expert. Spaces will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. The event is aimed at school pupils aged 15+

For more information or to book, please email rhys.bebb@intofilm.org

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Download Into Film’s GATTACA resource and other Science Literacy resources at www.intofilm.org/resources/21

 

Sign up to our Public Genetics Network!


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Public Genetics Network newsletter (edition 1, autumn 2016)

Launched in June 2016, our public genetics network allows members of the public to keep up to date with all the latest information from Wales Gene Park. Free to join and open to anyone with an interest in genetics, members received a biannual (spring and autumn) e-newsletter highlighting Wales Gene Park events (including our public talks, community-group talks, and 3G public genetics conference), genetics-related news, and opportunities to to take part in other relevant activities such as providing opinion on policy consultations, or participating in research projects.

To sign up to the Public Genetics Network please contact walesgenepark@cardiff.ac.uk (details of anyone joining the network will not be shared with any third parties and members will only be contacted by Wales Gene Park).

Living with Genetic Conditions sessions for students and the public


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Living with Genetic Conditions session with healthcare students at the University of South Wales

Living with Genetic Conditions is an educational session originally developed for schools (specifically year 12 and 13 pupils) which, due to its popularity, has been expanded and is being delivered more widely to public audiences and also students on nursing and other healthcare courses at Cardiff University, University of South Wales, and Cardiff Metropolitan University amongst others. The sessions have been received very positively by both the students and educators, evaluating extremely well; as a result we are now offering them to other universities throughout Wales.

The session begins with a talk from a genetic counsellor (or other health professional specialising in genetics) about genetics and inherited conditions. This is followed by a talk from someone affected by a genetic condition (this can be an individual with the condition, a family member, or carer). This personal narrative gives an insight into the impact a genetic condition can have on an individual or family, and provides a powerful account of how it affects them on a daily basis. Educationally it can help to link theory and practice, and highlight the relevance of genetics to healthcare. Following the talks, there is a question and answer session with the audience.

In conjunction with Genetic Alliance UK and their Rare Disease UK campaign, we will also be holding a Living with Genetic Conditions session for the public as part of a series of events in Wales to mark Rare Disease Day 2017. The session will take place in Cardiff on February 28th (further details will appear shortly), where personal accounts from a number of individuals affected by rare conditions will help to raise awareness and highlight issues faced by the rare disease community.

If you are interested in finding out more about our Living with Genetic Conditions sessions, please get in touch: walesgenepark@cardiff.ac.uk

Clinical Genetics & Psychiatry – What’s New?


Friday 12th May 2017, Radisson Blu Hotel, Cardiff

Increasingly genetic alterations are being identified which confer a risk of neurodevelopmental and mental health issues. Professionals in clinical genetics and psychiatry will need to address these issues with families and consider how genetic testing, appropriate information, and counselling might be beneficial to individuals and the wider family.

This meeting is open to professionals involved in assessing, diagnosing and supporting patients and families where genetic alterations, such as CNVs, have been identified or might be implicated. In particular, this course is aimed at psychiatry and clinical genetics medical staff, trainees and counsellors.

This one-day meeting is organised by Wales Gene Park, in conjunction with Dr Annie Procter, Consultant Geneticist & Director of the Mental Health Clinical Board, Cardiff & Vale UHB and Professor Jeremy Hall, Director of the Neuroscience and Mental Health Research Institute, Cardiff University. The event will take place in Cardiff at the Radisson Blu Hotel, which is an easy 5-minute walk from Cardiff Central Station.

Registration will take place from 9.30am, with the meeting starting at 10.00am and finishing around 4.30pm.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Professor Mike Owen, Cardiff
  • Prof Jeremy Hall, Cardiff
  • Professor Lucy Raymond, Cambridge
  • Professor Andrew McIntosh, Edinburgh
  • Dr Annie Procter, Cardiff

Topics covered include: Schizophrenia, ADHD, Mood Disorders, Intellectual Disability and Mental Health & Genetics: Challenges for Service Delivery

Programme details

Registration form

Further information available from Angela Burgess, Wales Gene Park: burgessam@cf.ac.uk

 

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Public talk: Prostate cancer – how research is improving patient outcomes


Join us for this free public event for prostate cancer awareness month!

Thursday 23rd March 2017; talks 6.15-7.45pm (registration, coffee and stands from 5.45pm)

Hadyn Ellis building, Cardiff University, CF24 4HQ

In Wales prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men. To find out more about it, join us at this public event to hear expert talks on the latest research discoveries including some of the recent findings from clinical trials; perceptions and attitudes around prostate cancer; genetic studies. There will also be an opportunity to hear a personal account from someone affected by prostate cancer, and time for discussion and questions with the experts.

This event is FREE but you must register to attend via Eventbrite

For further information email walesgenepark@cardiff.ac.uk or phone 02920 746940

Organised by Wales Gene Park and Cancer Research UK

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