James Woods 10, becomes 1000th participant in ground breaking 100,000 genomes project
A lifelong patient of Saint Mary's Hospital has become the
1000th participant in a ground-breaking project that is
revolutionising the way those with rare genetic diseases are
diagnosed and treated.
Ten year-old James Woods has joined the initiative which
involves collecting and decoding 100,000 human genomes - complete
sets of people's genes - that will enable scientists and doctors to
understand more about specific conditions.
The project has the potential to transform the future of
healthcare. It could improve the prediction and prevention of
disease, enable new and more precise diagnostic tests, and
allow personalisation of drugs and other treatments to specific
James and his parents attended Saint Mary's Hospital to meet
Professor Bill Newman, Consultant Geneticist and Lead for the
Greater Manchester Genomic Medicine Centre, who is leading the
hospital's participation in the three-year NHS England project. The
hospital is one of thirteen centres across the country
James has been attending the genetic clinic since he was 18 months
old under the care of Professor Graeme Black, Consultant in
Genetics and Ophthalmology. His participation will contribute to
research that is helping more people be diagnosed sooner and
changing the way those with genetic diseases are cared for with
potential for new and more effective treatments.
The family first found out about the project at their recent
clinic appointment. James's mother, Lesley said: "We've taken
part in the study for James' future and don't really expect
anything short term. We are excited to have the opportunity to take
part in the project - it was an easy decision to take part and stay
at this hospital because of the research done here.
James' Dad Dan said: "We're happy to be part of a project that
helps other families in the future and may help James when he is
thinking of having a family."
Professor Bill Newman was keen to mark the 1000th
recruit to help raise aware of the project. He said: "We need to
make sure doctors and families are aware of the project to make it
available to families across Greater Manchester. We have now
recruited over 1250 patients, 250 more since James joined the
project three weeks ago - participation in the project is growing
thanks to the hard work of health professionals across Greater
Manchester. Our next big push is to recruit patients with
cancer so that we can understand the best ways to treat different
types of tumour.
"We are beginning to get results back and for some families,
this will have an important impact. Further, the data from the
project will be critical in how we use genomic sequencing for the
NHS in the future."
If you would like to know more about the project contact the
Greater Manchester Genomic Medicine Centre team by calling 0161 276
6506 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org