Genetics Roadshow for Schools 2013

In 2013, schools around Wales will act as hosts for genetics events during the autumn term. During previous roadshows, speakers from the Universities of Cardiff, Swansea, Bangor, Aberystwyth, Glamorgan, Bristol, Bath and Glyndwr, NHS Trusts and Police Authorities across Wales as well as private companies took part. Topics included DNA & Forensics, Genetic Counselling, Stem Cell Research, GM Foods, Inherited Disorders, Evolution, Genetics & the Media and Genetic Engineering. (more…)

Moore’s Law? Bingo!

There is a game played frequently at genome sequencing conferences that helps to sustain many a flagging attendee. It’s called Moore’s Law Bingo and the rules, if they exist at all, can be summarised as follows.

Every time a delegate references Moore’s Law, say by presenting a plot of plummeting sequencing costs or by making a passing reference to how sequence performance has “outstripped Moore’s Law”, that nod to Moore should be met with a knowing smile, an arching of the brow and a wry twitter posting. Perhaps the more enterprising attendees might share in an improvised score card. I am awaiting the inevitable smart phone app with interest. (more…)

The Impact of Genomics on Public Health

25 & 26 April 2013.

The Impact of Genomics on Public Health

This event, which will give an excellent overview of all developments in this area, will be very useful for staff working in public health, in planning and commissioning, for researchers and other health care professionals who want to better understand genomic developments and those who need a good overview to keep up-to-date with this rapidly changing field. (more…)

Neurofibromatoses and Rasopathies

30 September & 1 October 2013.

Recent Developments in Neurofibromatoses and Rasopathies: their management, diagnosis and current and future therapeutic avenues

This international meeting will provide a most comprehensive and up to date account of recent developments in this field. Internationally recognized experts from the UK, Europe and the USA will speak on neurofibromatoses and rasopathies. (more…)

Teachers’ Genetics Network

Established in 2006, the Teachers’ Genetics Network is aimed at biology teachers wishing to be kept up-to-date with the latest genetics and genomics information.

Free to join, members receive a termly e-newsletter with information on relevant topics, links to educational websites and resources and news about Wales Gene Park events (such as the Sixth Form Genetics Conference, Schools’ Genetics Roadshows and Teachers CPD sessions).

Through the Teachers’ Genetics Network, Wales Gene Park also facilitates other relevant opportunities for schools and colleges, such as participation in consultations where organisations such as Welsh Government or the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) request feedback or opinion on science or health-related genetic/genomic issues.

To make sure that your school or college doesn’t miss out, contact us and join the Teachers’ Genetics Network!

To request further information or join the network, please contact: Rhian Morgan, Education and Engagement Officer:

Living with Genetic Conditions

Genetics Roadshow Coleg Llandrillo '13Living with Genetic Conditions was piloted in Cardiff in 2006 and Swansea early in 2007 and is aimed at post-16 students. The event starts with a genetic counsellor discussing a genetic condition and then someone with personal experience of the condition gives their story. This is followed by an open discussion with the students. It has proved very popular and is being developed further (more…)