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  • ClinGen/ACGS collaboration

    ClinGen/ACGS collaboration

    posted on 5th February 2018  |  0 Comments  |  Not tagged.

    Posted from: ACGS

    Association for Clinical Genomic Science (ACGS) has entered into a formal affiliation with the ClinGen Inherited Cardiomyopathy Expert Panel (CMP-EP). We will be working jointly to adapt the ACMG/AMP variant classification guidelines for genes associated with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM). This work is an extension of the ClinGen CMP-EP's recommendations for MYH7 variant classification. ClinGen and ACGS have a shared goal of developing standardised genomic variant interpretation guidelines for improved patient care. The contribution of genomic and phenotypic data from both groups, as well as collaboration in the decision-making process, represents a first step in global development, acceptance, and use of a common set of specified guidelines.

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  • STP Cancer Genomics draft curriculum - stakeholder survey

    STP Cancer Genomics draft curriculum - stakeholder survey

    posted on 22nd January 2018  |  0 Comments  |  Not tagged.

    Posted from: ACGS

    The National School of Healthcare Science is seeking feedback from stakeholders on a new draft curriculum in Cancer Genomics (previous working title of Molecular Pathology). This new speciality adds a third strand to the Masters level Scientist Training Programme (STP) in Genomic Sciences, which to date has comprise two specialities of Genomics and Genomic Counselling.

    The input of stakeholders in the field is very important to this stage of the curriculum development;  the team responsible for this project will take all comments received into account when drafting the final version for implementation in the workplace. Your participation in this process would be very much appreciated, and please also feel free to forward this message to other colleagues in your organisation who may wish to comment on the draft curriculum.

    The draft documents are available here for the duration of the survey;  https://curriculum.nshcs.org.uk/review/programmes/stp/SLS4-3-18

    The feedback survey is available until 5pm on Friday 2nd February ;  https://healtheducationyh.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/cancer-genomics-feedback 

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  • Invite to participate in STP Improvement Review online survey

    Invite to participate in STP Improvement Review online survey

    posted on 19th January 2018  |  0 Comments  |  Not tagged.

    Posted from: ACGS

    The National School of Healthcare Science invites you to participate in an online survey about the design and structure of the Scientist Training Programme (STP). The STP has been running for a number of years and they would like to capture the views and experiences of stakeholders to understand what changes may be required to improve the programme for trainees, training officers, employers, and other members of the healthcare science community. 

    The survey should take between 20-30 minutes to complete and covers topics such as rotations, competencies and the Objective Structured Final Assessment (OSFA). You may leave out any questions you do not wish, or are unable, to answer.

    You will not be asked for your name and participants will not be identifiable in any of the survey outputs. Please note that, in order to maintain your anonymity, the survey must be completed in one sitting as there is no save function.

    The survey is open until 29 January 2018 and can be accessed via this link or the NSHCS website.

    It is anticipated that the results of the survey will be published on the NSHCS website in late March, 2018.

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  • ACGS organised session at the Festival of Genomics London

    posted on 14th January 2018  |  0 Comments  |  Not tagged.

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    The ACGS have collaborated with the Festival of Genomics London (30th-31st January 2018) to create a special session of free content.

    Our dedicated session will start at 1:50pm on the 31st January and will explore critical themes such as:

    Roles in delivering 100KGP and implications for future clinical genomics service
    Dom McMullan, Consultant Clinical Genomic Scientist,
    West Midlands Regional Genetics Laboratory/Association for Clinical Genomics Science

    How Cancer genomes are transforming care
    Chris Wragg, Lead Cancer Scientist, Bristol Genetics Laboratory/ ACGS

    How writing code will realise clinical genomics
    Joo Wook Ahn, Lead Genome Informatics, Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust

    Standardisation of variant interpretation and reports
    Sian Ellard, Professor of Genomic Medicine, University of Exeter

    Establishing variant pathogenicity in inherited cardiac conditions
    Nicky Whiffin, Postdoc Bioinformatician, MRC London Institute of Medical Sciences,
    Imperial College London

    Reverse complement PCR: fast, low cost amplicon based NGS
    Chris Mattocks, Head of Technical Services, Development & IT,
    Wessex Regional Genetics Laboratory

    ACGS Session - Question Time
    Dominic McMullan, Consultant Clinical Genomic Scientist,
    West Midlands Regional Genetics Laboratory/ Association for Clinical Genomics Science

    Registration is free, simply register online at http://www.festivalofgenomicslondon.com/register-now  

    In addition, you will have free access to all of the sessions and features across the 2 day Festival, highlights include:

    What will follow the first one hundred thousand genomes in the NHS?
    Sir Malcolm Grant, Chairman, NHS England

    Can we fully integrate genomics into the NHS within 5 years?

    Panel featuring:
    Kathy Farndon, Director, Carbonel Consulting Ltd
    Dom McMullan, Consultant Clinical Genomic Scientist,
    West Midlands Regional Genetics Laboratory/ Association for Clinical Genomics Science
    Sir Malcolm Grant, Chairman, NHS England
    Mike Hubank, Head of Clinical Genomics (Research), Royal Marsden Hospital
    Sobia Raza, Head of Science, PHG Foundation

    Building a coordinated ecosystem to implement genomics in the health care system in BC
    Catalina Lopez-Correa, CSO, GenomeBC

    Your DNA, your say - public attitudes towards genomic data sharing
    Anna Middleton, Head of Society & Ethics Research, Connecting Science,
    Wellcome Genome Campus

    & much more...

    Click here for the full agenda!

    I hope you can join us, to register for your free pass click here.

     

    ACGS Executive Committee

    12/01/2018

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  • ACGS-GeL API Workshops

    ACGS-GeL API Workshops

    posted on 13th January 2018  |  0 Comments  |  Not tagged.

    Posted from: ACGS

    Genomics England has developed an API (application programming interface) that facilitates the sharing of WGS results to Clinical Interpretation Providers (CIPs) and GMCs. This CIP-API acts as a "backend" to the GeL Interpretation Portal where GMC users can review cases, link to CIP systems, download reports and close cases.

    As well as using the Interpretation Portal website to access results it is also possible for GMCs, if they wish, to programmatically access the CIP-API to obtain results in structured (JSON) format, which provides more advanced functionality than the website.

    The ACGS and GeL are organising workshops to facilitate adoption of this API.

    Requirements

    Attendees should be experienced in programmatic access to data sources and fluent on the command line. Attendees should have credentials for and terminal access to the GeL CIP-API.

    Dates

    Two workshops have already taken place in November & December 2018 and further workshops are planned. Please ask your local GMC leads for details. 

    Workshop materials

    Training material is available for all ACGS members at  https://github.com/genomicsengland/ACGS_GeL_API_workshop

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  • ClinGen/ACGS collaboration

    posted 5th February 2018  |  0 Comments

    Association for Clinical Genomic Science (ACGS) has entered into a formal affiliation with the ClinGen Inherited Cardiomyopathy Expert Panel (CMP-EP). We will be working jointly to adapt the ACMG/AMP variant classification guidelines for genes associated with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM). This work is an extension of the ClinGen CMP-EP's recommendations for MYH7 variant classification. ClinGen and ACGS have a shared goal of developing standardised genomic variant interpretation guidelines for improved patient care. The contribution of genomic and phenotypic data from both groups, as well as collaboration in the decision-making process, represents a first step in global development, acceptance, and use of a common set of specified guidelines.

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