Our speaker will be Dr Angela Barnicoat who recently retired from medical practice after 40years working for the NHS. She trained in Clinical Genetics at Guy’s Hospital and Great Ormond Street Hospital and spent most of her career working at the latter diagnosing children with complex abnormalities and disabilities. As Clinical Lead for the service, she also worked across North West London and Essex developing treatments for genetic disorders affecting both adults and children.
When Angela began her work in genetic testing, clinicians were limited to examining chromosomes with a microscope and then relying on basic experience. Over the last two decades there have been huge advances in the technology available, not only to examine the chromosomes but also to look at the chemical sequences of genes. It is now possible within the NHS to examine the whole of a patient’s genome to try and understand the cause of some medical conditions. Angela will discuss the role of genetic and genomic testing (and the differences between them); the pitfalls and benefits to healthcare as well as some challenging social and ethical issues which may be relevant. She will also touch on how NHS testing may differ from that which is commercially available.
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