Registration event: unpacking genomics by Stefano Gortana

EDITED: 01/02/2016 | PUBLISHED: 20/01/2016

On 14 December 2015, the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Personalised Medicine held its inaugural meeting, electing its officers and approving the 2016 work programme.

Excitement for the Group’s work ahead was evident, with discussion between Dr Adrian Ibrahim (Head of Technology Transfer at the Sanger Institute) and Professor Frances Flinter (Consultant Clinical Geneticists, Guy’s & St Thomas’ NHS Trust) focusing on unravelling the impact of genomic research in the coming years.

This APPG will explore the benefits for patients of cutting-edge science and technological innovations and the contemporary issues affecting their implementation into the healthcare system for more effective and personalised medicine. As an independent think tank, the PHG Foundation will provide the secretariat and work in partnership with the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, the British Medical Journal and the Northern Health Science Alliance to provide all necessary support for the Group.

With a membership already nearing thirty parliamentarians across both houses, attendees elected Jo Churchill MP, an experienced businesswoman and active health campaigner, as Chair. She will work closely with Co-Chair Lord Norman Warner and supporting Officers Sir David Amess MP, Chi Onwurah MP, Lord Patel, Lord Hunt and Lord Willis in pursuit of a more efficient and effective NHS.

The APPG has since received confirmation of its registration. A formal launch event will be held in in March 2016, where stakeholders will join parliamentarians to discuss the nature of personalised medicine and implications for the NHS. Details will follow shortly.