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Research & Development

The Yorkshire Regional Genetics Service is involved in a large range of clinical research studies. We collaborate closely with university researchers, particularly at the Leeds Institute of Molecular Medicine at the University of Leeds. A range of new genes has been identified through this collaboration, leading to benefits not just for patients and their families worldwide, but especially for our local population. Channel 4 News featured this work in January 2012.

Our service is at the forefront of bringing new technologies, such as next generation sequencing, into routine NHS patient care. We are the first genetics service in the UK to do the majority of their genetic testing using these exciting technological advances. The progress we have made has been recognised recently with a Leeds Health Star Award. Click here for Yorkshire Evening Post press coverage.

We often offer patients the chance to take part in research studies. These research studies are usually designed to help us understand more about the way genetic conditions affect our health. A member of our genetics team would always explain the nature of the research to you, so that you can decide whether you wish to participate. No research would be carried out without your consent. You are under absolutely no obligation to take part in research studies, and your care would not be affected if you decided not to.

Some of the research studies that we are involved include;

The Sir Jules Thorn Project

Deciphering Developmental Disorders (DDD)

Euro-HD Registry project with research clinics held in Leeds and Hull

TOPS (Timing of Primary Surgery for Cleft Palate) study

A range of familial cancer studies including:-

  • UK Genetic Prostate Cancer study
  • EMBRACE, an epidemiological study of familial breast cancer
  • FBCS, familial breast cancer study
  • FHO2, mammographic surveillance of women at familial risk of breast cancer
  • AFFECT, for BRCA1 genetic variants in women with breast cancer
  • SEARCH (ovarian branch), a population based study of women with ovarian cancer
  • Familial Gastric Cancer study
  • EUROPAC, establishment of a centralised genetic register for familieswith familial pancreatic cancer (link to their webiste)

Page updated: 28/10/2014 | Updated by: Katherine Thomas

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