Genetics news and events

Virtual genetic counselling taster day

Tuesday, 15 December 2020, 9am to 12.30pm

Interested in gaining an insight into the role of a genetic counsellor and the various routes into the profession? Join genetic counsellors and current trainees from the Wessex clinical genetics service for an online taster morning on Tuesday, 15 December 2020.

The event is free to attend, however places are limited.

To reserve your place or find out more, please email

Genomics England - 100,000 Genomes

Genomics England is creating a lasting legacy for patients, the NHS and UK economy through the sequencing of 100,000 genomes. The main goal is to transform the application of genetics to healthcare in the NHS by understanding more about rare diseases and cancers. By learning more about genomes, we can identify the cause of genetic diseases and we may be able to help improve treatments. This information may help us better care for our patients, whilst also providing data that could be important for other family members too.

Fast, low cost, whole genomic sequencing is now affordable in the NHS.

The aims of the project are:

  • patient benefit
  • new scientific insights and discovery
  • accelerating the uptake of genomic medicine in the NHS
  • stimulating and enhancing UK industry & investment
  • increase public knowledge and support for genomic medicine

For more information, please visit the website

Lynch syndrome information and support event – May 2016

On Monday, 9 May 2016, we held an information and support evening for our patients and relatives affected with lynch syndrome. Lynch syndrome is an inherited condition which predisposes individuals to developing bowel cancer, endometrial cancer (in women) as well as some other cancers. We have approximately 130 patients with lynch syndrome in the Wessex area (which covers Hampshire, Dorset, Wiltshire, the Isle of Wight and the Channel Islands). 

We were lucky to have presentations from a number of speakers including Mr Nicholas Beck (consultant bowel surgeon) and Dr Henny Lukman (consultant obstetrician). Mr Beck and Dr Lukman both for for our Trust and see some of our patients with lynch syndrome to discuss cancer screening and surgery.  We also had presentations about a number of research studies that people with lynch syndrome may be eligible to enrol into. (You can find copies of their presentation slides in the downloads section on the right-hand side of the screen).

At the end of the evening we held smaller discussion groups (facilitated by various members of the genetics team, Mr Beck and Dr Lukman) on topics such as sharing information with relatives, risk-reducing surgery and cancer.

If you have any queries about lynch syndrome or any aspect of genetics, please do contact any of the cancer genetics team.

Athalie Melville, principal genetic counsellor