Polyposis Meeting and Research Update


27th September 2017, Park Inn Hotel, Cardiff City Centre

This meeting will bring together gastroenterologists, pathologists, clinical geneticists, surgeons, paediatricians researchers, genetic counsellors and trainees from these specialties. The event is designed to provide updates across the specialties on the field of inherited polyposis syndromes. The event will also be an opportunity to hear about current research in Wales and to discuss relevant case studies that attendees are encouraged to prepare for the meeting.

Topics covered include:

  • Clinical aspects of polyposis
  • Genetics of polyposis syndromes
  • Upper GI surveillance
  • GI surgery perspectives
  • Update on Serrated Polyposis Syndrome

There will also be a panel discussion of case studies.

Registration will be at 9.30am, with a 10.00am start to the programme and the day will end at 4.00pm.

The full programme can be viewed here

Places are limited – first come first served!

For further information please email: walesgenepark@cardiff.ac.uk

The meeting is being supported by Bowel Cancer West

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3G public genetics conference – North Wales


24th October 2017, Catrin Finch Centre, Wrexham, 10am-2pm

Like to find out more about the fascinating field of DNA, genetics and genomics and discover how it affects our everyday lives?

Join us for the 2nd Wales Gene Park 3G conference in North Wales! The event is aimed at members of the public over 50, but everyone is welcome!

Featured talks:

  • The ABC of DNA (Dr Sue Assinder, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine)
  • Feeding and Healing the World through Plant Genetic Technologies (Dr Geraint Parry, GARNet, Cardiff University)
  • DNA Analysis in Forensic Science (Dr Amy Rattenbury, Glyndwr University)
  • The 100,000 Genomes project and the Future of Healthcare (Lisa Dowell, North West Coast NHS Genomic Medicine Centre)
  • Bowel Cancer in Wales: challenges and opportunities (Dr Lee Campbell, Cancer Research Wales)

Join us for the whole event or drop in for any of the talks (5 minute break between talks to drop-in or out). There will also be interactive stands showcasing some of the latest research and projects in Wales.  Refreshments and lunch provided.

Attendance is FREE. Registration required via Eventbrite: http://ow.ly/N8Fk30e4Jql

Further information: email walesgenepark@cardiff.ac.uk or phone 02920 746940

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Public Screening of GATTACA with Genetics Talk


17th November 2017, The Savoy Theatre, Monmouth, 10am-1pm

Wales Gene Park invites you to a free, unique public screening of the film GATTACA at The Savoy Theatre, Monmouth

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 followed by a short talk about some of the issues raised in the film.

Attendance is FREE. Registration required via Eventbrite: http://ow.ly/kYvg30e4MXg

Spaces allocated on a first come, first served basis.

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

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New Genetics Modules at Cardiff University


Genetics modules for non-genetics health professionals

Genetics and genomics are an integral part of our healthcare service and our range of genetics modules will enhance your skills, knowledge and insight in the growing sector of genetic healthcare.

Each of the 3 Masters-level modules can be studied as a 20 credit or 30 credit module and provides a practical and theoretical foundation in genetics for those working in clinical healthcare. The modules are:

  • Practical Skills in Genetic Healthcare: 20 credits (Oct & Nov 2017 – face-to-face in Cardiff and online)
  • Practical Skills in Genetic Healthcare: 30 credits (Oct & Nov 2017 – face-to-face in Cardiff and online)
  • Genetic Science for Health Professionals: 20 credits (Jan & Feb 2018 – online)
  • Genetic Science for Health Professionals: 30 credits (Jan & Feb 2018 – online)
  • Counselling Skills in Genetic Healthcare: 20 credits (May 2018 – face-to-face in Cardiff)
  • Counselling Skills in Genetic Healthcare: 30 credits (May 2018 – face-to-face in Cardiff)

For full details of the modules, including entry requirements and how to apply please visit the Cardiff University website

 

 

Sequencing for Science and Impact


A College of Biomedical and Life Sciences Next Generation Sequencing Showcase

15th September 2017, 09:00-14:00, Cardiff University: venue to be confirmed

The College of Biomedical and Life Sciences (CBLS) at Cardiff University contains a vibrant community of researchers using next-generation and 3rd-generation DNA sequencing technologies (NGS and 3rdGS) to tackle cutting-edge projects ranging from ecology to medical diagnostics. Necessarily, our sequencing platforms and labs are spread across campuses, but this sometimes makes communication and collaboration difficult. Open to all in CBLS to attend, this half-day event aims to bring our community together to showcase and share the breadth of our technical expertise and science.

The meeting will consist of a series of 10 minute talks from groups using NGS and 3rdGS technologies. Presentations will follow a common format, which will cover: the technology being used, the research findings and the impact of the work. Each abstract and presentation should include the following sub-sections:

  • A short description of a core sequencing/genomics workflow in which a group specialises
  • A brief description of the sequencer platforms used
  • Highlights of a significant research result or impact derived from the work

This format will allow the user community to appreciate the depth and breadth of the fantastic science that we produce using sequencing technologies, and identify areas of expertise across the College, thus promoting collaboration and support. The organisers will include as many presentations as possible. If we are oversubscribed, we will timetable presentations covering the widest selection of methodology and subject areas and will offer poster space to any groups not selected. Lunch and refreshments provided.

This event is free to attend but please register via Eventbrite: http://ow.ly/hTx930dlG2t

Abstracts (structured to include the 3 sub-sections above and no more than 200 words in length) should be submitted to walesgenepark@cardiff.ac.uk by 1st September 2017

This event is supported by Cardiff University College of Biomedical and Life Sciences and New England BioLabs Inc.

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3G public genetics conference


Like to find out more about the fascinating field of DNA, genetics and genomics and discover how it affects our everyday lives? Join us for the 2nd Wales Gene Park 3G conference!

Hear expert talks on topics including:

  • Using DNA to fight Wildlife Crime (Dr Rhys Jones, Cardiff University; presenter of BBC’s Rhys to the Rescue & Rhys Jones’s Wildlife Patrol)
  • Pharma Bees (Prof Les Baillie, Cardiff University)
  • Population Genetics: the People of the British Isles (Dr Bruce Winney)
  • The Genomics Revolution (Dr Rachel Butler, All Wales Medical Genetics Service)
  • “Eat to fit your Genes” (Dr Maninder Ahluwalia, Cardiff Metropolitan University)
  • “How can the public voice make a difference?” (Barbara Moore, Health and Care Research Wales)
  • Bowel Cancer in Wales: challenges and opportunities (Dr Lee Campbell, Cancer Research Wales)

Join us all day or drop in for any of the talks (5 minute break between talks to drop-in or out). There will also be interactive stands showcasing some of the latest research and projects in Wales. The event is aimed at members of the public over 50, but everyone is welcome! Refreshments and lunch provided.

Attendance is FREE. Registration required via Eventbrite: http://ow.ly/3vlA30bJkdw

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This event is organised by Wales Gene Park as part of the Wales Festival of Innovation and sponsored by the Galton Institute.

Public talk: The King’s DNA


Join us for a free public talk!

The King’s DNA – Richard III: From car park to cathedral

6-7pm, Wednesday 28th June 2017, Catrin Finch Centre, Wrexham LL11 2AW

Join Wales Gene Park to hear the story of the discovery and identification of the skeleton in the car park, including how DNA was used to help confirm that the remains were that of the lost king, Richard III. All welcome!

This event is free of charge but you must register to attend via Eventbrite at: http://ow.ly/QVlu30bx2KV

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

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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.