We engage with patients and their families, bringing their priorities to the fore in genetic research, health policy and service development.
Advances in genetic research impact on us all. Raising awareness, consulting with the public and representing the views of those with genetic conditions is fundamental to the vision of the Wales Gene Park.
Genetics is at the forefront of science and often pushes the boundaries of current knowledge in order to improve diagnosis and treatment. We work in partnership with patient organisations to inform debate about the ethical and societal implications of scientific and healthcare research.
- Emma Hughes, Genetic Alliance UK Policy and Engagement Manager, Wales
What we do
Wales Gene Park engages with charities, support groups and other voluntary bodies and helps to bring their priorities to researchers, policy-makers and those who develop and deliver services.
Policy and health service development
Our current focus in Wales involves representing stakeholders’ interests in campaigning with Rare Disease UK (RDUK) for a UK strategy to ensure that patients and families living with rare disease have equitable access to effective services.
Previous campaigns include work with the Wales Neurological Alliance (WNA) and a Wales-wide service for diagnosing Familial Hypercholesterolemia. Working in partnership with colleagues from Genetic Alliance UK ensures that the views of patient organisations in Wales are also recognised at UK government level.
Wales Gene Park
Institute of Medical Genetics
For enquiries, please contact Emma Hughes, Policy and Engagement Manager, Wales: