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Primer in Genomic Medicine

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The Primer is a one day face-to-face interactive course that provides a short, sharp burst of the basic essentials required to be conversant in contemporary Medical Genomics. These will include clinical case studies of patients and their families.

The Primer in Genomic Medicine course is part of the Health Education England (HEE) initiative in Genomics Education that aligns with the Genomics England project (www.genomicsengland.co.uk).


The course will be geared towards specialist and non- specialist nurses, GPs and the wider group of scientists and health professionals who are not necessarily directly involved with applications of medical genomics but require a basic knowledge.

Teaching will have a strong activity and workshop component with meaningful every day examples to encourage strong understanding of basic principles. This Primer in Genomic Medicine will not require prior genomics or genetics knowledge.

The course content will include:

  • basics of genome structure/architecture
  • how genetic variation causes disease
  • typical inheritance patterns
  • summary of contemporary genomic sequencing with workshops demonstrating application to rare diseases, cancer diagnostics and stratification
  • the importance of accurate, comprehensive clinical phenotyping
  • issues surrounding informed consent, accidental findings and information governanceUpon completion of the course, students will be empowered for further independent learning should they wish and have confidence in their ability to interpret genomic information from non-specialist journals, press releases, Genomics England website etc. 

There are no assessments for this course.

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Course Date

3rd November 2017

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Course Leader

Sarah Ennis

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