COVID-19 update from Wales Gene Park: December 2020


As lockdown restrictions eased in Wales over the summer, we were pleased to re-open our laboratories and resume practical work. Both the Genomic Sequencing lab, based in the Division of Cancer and Genetics, School of Medicine, and the Genome Editing lab, based in the School of Biosciences, in Cardiff University are open for business. Things are not quite as they were pre-lockdown, with staff having to work in “bubbles” and shift patterns implemented to keep operations going as best as possible while keeping staff safe.

Two new members of staff started work during the lockdown period. Loys Richards has taken up the role of Research Coordinator and Sam Hill joined the Bioinformatics team. Since lockdown, Iain Perry has also joined Wales Gene Park, taking the bioinformatics team up to its full compliment. Although the lab teams are back on site, others are continuing to work remotely in accordance with Welsh Government advice. As such, the Bioinformatics and Education and Engagement teams continue to undertake their roles from home.

All face-to-face Education and Engagement activities have been cancelled until the end of the year, but the team continues to deliver events through virtual platforms. Please check our website for notice of upcoming events. Additionally, you can follow us on Twitter for information and updates.

If you have any enquiries about Wales Gene Park activities, please email WalesGenePark@Cardiff.ac.uk

Regular updates on the research situation in Wales are available via our funders Health and Care Research Wales

Wales Gene Park continues to work hard to enable and promote genetic and genomic research in Wales. Our doors are always open to you.

All the best,

Andrew Fry, Karen Reed and Angela Burgess

Director and Co-Directors, Wales Gene Park

 

Virtual Genetics & Genomics for the 3rd Generation (3G) conference: 26 Nov, 10.15am-2.30pm


Join us via Zoom for a public event about DNA, genetics & genomics

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 5th annual Wales Gene Park 3G conference, which this year will be virtual for the first time! Hear expert talks on topics including:

  • An Introduction to Genomics and Rapid Genome Sequencing for sick Children
  • Dr Edward Jenner and the Story of Smallpox
  • Ethical Dilemmas in Clinical Genetics & Genomics
  • The Yellow Card Scheme for Medicines in Wales

And more……

Join us all day or drop in for some talks (talks are 25 mins. with time for questions with our expert speakers) – there will be a short break between each talk. The event is aimed at members of the public over 50, but everyone is welcome.

Attendance FREE. Registration required via Eventbrite: https://tinyurl.com/y2h8qzgh

Further information email walesgenepark@cardiff.ac.uk

 

Virtual Public Genomics Café: Nov 19th, 11am


Are you affected by a rare or genetic condition? Are you a member of the public interested in finding out more about genomics and health? Join us for a Virtual Genomics Café! This initiative is being run by Wales Gene Park in collaboration with Genomics Partnership Wales. November’s café will feature relaxed talks from guest speakers on:

  • An Introduction to Genomics & Health
  • Surviving Shielding During Covid: experiences from the Rare Disease Community
  • An overview of the Cross-Party Group for Rare, Genetic & Undiagnosed Conditions
  • The National Genomics Estates Strategy in Wales for Genomics Partnership Wales & the Precision Medicine Initiative

The Virtual Café will be a relaxed, informal opportunity to meet others and find out about new advances in the area of genomic medicine in Wales. It will also be a chance for people to come together, be supported by others in their communities and let us know how we can better support those affected by rare or genetic conditions.  The café is FREE to join via Zoom, but you will need to register via Eventbrite to receive the joining link and instructions (you will also need to set up a free Zoom account).

 Register for Virtual Cafe: https://tinyurl.com/y3bx464c

Don’t forget to bring your cuppa and a snack to enjoy during the café!

Further information: email walesgenepark@cardiff.ac.uk

 

Young People’s Virtual Public Genomics Café Thursday 29 Oct 2020, 6pm – 7.30pm


Are you a young person interested in finding out more about genomics and health, or affected by a rare or genetic condition? Join us for our first ever Virtual Genomics Café specifically for young people! This event is aimed at those in the 16 to 25 age group and is being run by Wales Gene Park with Genomics Partnership Wales.  At October’s café, hear talks from guest speakers on:

  • An introduction to genomics and health
  • Experiences of living with a genetic condition
  • How you can become more involved in genomics in Wales

The Virtual Café will be a relaxed opportunity to find out about new advances in genomic medicine in Wales and a chance for young people to meet, come together, and let us know how we can better support those affected by rare or genetic conditions.

The cafe is FREE to join via Zoom, but you will need to register via Eventbrite to receive the joining link and instructions (you will also need to set up a free Zoom account).

Register for Virtual Cafe: https://tinyurl.com/y73qgntx

Don’t forget to bring your cuppa and a snack to enjoy during the cafe!

Further information email walesgenepark@cardiff.ac.uk  

 

 

Wales Gene Park Annual Report 2019 – 2020


The Wales Gene Park Annual Report 2019 – 2020 is now available here

The report shows how Wales Gene Park has evolved and adapted to make the very most in Wales of the opportunities presented by genomics. A major part of what the Wales Gene Park does is to make genomic technologies available to biomedical researchers in Wales. We also create a seamless interface with the NHS, accelerating the appropriate development of new services in genomic medicine for patients. We involve patients and the public in the planning and execution of research and in service and policy development through an extensive programme of engagement. We promote understanding of the opportunities and challenges raised by genomics among health professionals, schools and colleges and the public through a wide portfolio of education activities. We are receptive to ideas, questions and comments. To get in touch please email: WalesGenePark@Cardiff.ac.uk

Mae’r fersiwn Gymraeg yr adroddiad blynyddol ar gael yma/The Welsh version of the annual report can be found here

 

 

Virtual public talk on Rare Cancers: 30th September 6.30 – 7.45pm


Around 1 in 5 people (20%) in the UK who have been diagnosed with cancer are thought to have a rare cancer. To mark Rare Cancer Day on 1st October, join Wales Gene Park and the Wales Cancer Research Centre to find out more about rare cancers, with short talks from expert speakers including clinicians, researchers and those affected by rare cancer. There will also be time for discussion and questions with our speakers.

This event is FREE to join via Zoom. Register via Eventbrite to receive the joining link and instructions:  https://tinyurl.com/yy9uotul

Further information: walesgenepark@cardiff.ac.uk

 

 

Virtual Public Genomics Cafe 17th Sept 2020, 11am – 12.45pm


Are you affected by a rare or genetic condition? Are you a member of the public interested in finding out more about genomics and health? Join us for a Virtual Genomics Café! This initiative is being run by Wales Gene Park in collaboration with Genomics Partnership Wales.

September’s café will feature talks from guest speakers on new and innovative projects and initiatives from the All Wales Medical Genomics Service, including hearing about setting up the COVID Dragon’s Heart Field Hospital, the introduction of video consultations for service-users during the pandemic, and the new Wales Infants and Children’s Genome Service (Wings).

The Virtual Café will be a relaxed, informal opportunity to meet others and find out about new advances in the area of genomic medicine in Wales. It will also be a chance for people to come together, be supported by others in their communities and let us know how we can better support those affected by rare or genetic conditions.  The cafe is FREE to join via Zoom, but you will need to register via Eventbrite to receive the joining link and instructions (you will also need to set up a free Zoom account).

Register for Virtual Cafe: https://tinyurl.com/y666tp8w

Don’t forget to bring your cuppa and a snack to enjoy during the cafe!

Further information: email walesgenepark@cardiff.ac.uk