New e-learning module: How genomic information is helping patients

This Autumn, the Centre will launch a new e-learning module, developed in collaboration with the National School for Healthcare Science and Health Education England, to introduce health professionals to how genomic information is improving patient care. Watch the video below, which is taken from the introduction to the module, to get a flavour of what it will cover.

Using interviews with patients, clinicians and genetic researchers the module tells stories about how genetic information about people and their conditions is being used to combat breast cancer, to prevent life-threatening reactions to drugs, to advance our understanding of Alzheimer’s disease and to fight infection. Through telling these stories, the module aims to encourage a general understanding of how patients are, and will be, helped by the greater use of genetic information in their care.

When it is published, the module will be available to view and work through on desktop, tablet and mobile devices, a first for the Centre.

Dan Rea, a breast cancer oncologist from Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham that we interviewed for the module captures its tone very well when he commented:

“This is an extremely exciting era to be involved in genomic and genetic research because we have such powerful techniques now to really drill down and discover what is going on in individual patients’ cancers.”

The module will present various examples of where we are now able to drill down, discover and understand genetic information to help patients with a variety of common conditions.