Golden Helix Pharmacogenomics Day

Friday 10th October 2014 – Angel Hotel, Cardiff


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The Golden Helix Foundation organises Pharmacogenomics days across Europe in collaboration with local groups. The meetings are FREE educational events in major cities with universities and large academic hospitals.

The aims of the event are:

  • To provide timely updates on the field of pharmacogenomics and personalized medicine to the local biomedical scientists and healthcare providers
  • To inform them on the application of pharmacogenomics in fields such as psychiatric disorders, oncology, and
  • To bring together faculty members from universities and research institutes from the local scientific are and working in the field of pharmacogenomics in order to initiate collaborative projects in this field to the benefit of society.

This is the first time the meeting has been held in the UK and is being organised by Wales Gene Park in Cardiff. It is an ideal opportunity to hear from renowned speakers in the field and find out about the latest advances in pharmacogenomics. The meeting is suitable for all involved in the field.

Speakers at the Cardiff event include:

  • Dr George Petrinos, University of Patras, Greece
  • Professor Munir Pirmohamed, Wolfson Centre for Personalised Medicine, University of Liverpool
  • Professor Philip Routledge, School of Medicine, Cardiff University
  • Professor Bill Newman, Manchester Centre for Genomic Medicine, University of Manchester
  • Dr Panos Deloukas, Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, Cambridge
  • Dr Darrol Baker, Golden Helix Foundation, London
  • Dr Simon Reed, Institute of Cancer Genetics, Cardiff University

This meeting is free of charge but you must register in order to attend.

For further information please contact:

Angela Burgess, Education Project

Manager, Wales Gene Park

Telephone: +44-(0)29 20 746 940


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The Angelina Jolie Effect

A public event to explore how breast cancer runs in families.

Thursday 03 April 2014 – 18:00-20:00
  Hadyn Ellis Building, Maindy Road, Cathays, Cardiff CF24 4HQ

Join us at this interactive event to explore the genetics of breast cancer and what it may mean for you.  Clinicians and researchers will talk through the current clinical and research situation and a cancer survivor will share their story and experiences.  There will also be time for discussion and questions with our experts.

Tea/coffee will be served from 5.30pm.

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