Online course in Health & Psychology

Genomic Medicine and Research: A Community Approach

Learn how translational research in genomics can deliver health, social, and scientific benefits to communities.

  • Duration 3 weeks
  • Weekly study 3 hours
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Explore the benefits of a community approach to genomic medicine and research

Translational research has shown the benefits of using a community-focussed approach to healthcare. This course shares these benefits and raises awareness of community genetics as a field of medicine. Amish communities and families affected by inherited disorders are used as an example.

On this course, you will explore the skills needed for translational research work and understand the meaning of community genetics. You will also learn the value of whole genome sequencing in the community context and the importance of community-specific medical research to patients.

What topics will you cover?

  • A range of rare inherited diseases, and their genetic basis
  • What we mean by the term ‘Community Genetics’
  • Mechanisms and methodology for investigating the genetic basis of rare diseases in a community setting
  • The use of whole genome analysis in the clinical management of patients within a community setting
  • The importance of understanding a patient’s ethnicity, family history and cultural beliefs and practices, in formulating a differential diagnosis and for ensuring equality of health care and special educational needs provision
  • Mechanisms for dissemination of research findings to ensure maximum community, and international, impact and benefits
  • Building on your findings: grant income, research outputs and collaborations

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What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you'll be able to...

  • Describe what a translational research project looks like
  • Describe examples of rare inherited diseases and their genetic basis
  • Develop an understanding of what is meant by the term “Community Genetics"
  • Describe current approaches used to identify new genes for rare monogenic recessive diseases within communities
  • Design approaches for undertaking translational genomic research in a community setting
  • Reflect on the importance of understanding a patient’s ethnicity, family history and their culture, beliefs and practices in formulating a differential diagnosis
  • Describe the value of whole genome sequencing in the clinical management of patients with inherited disease
  • Identify patients with rare inherited disease for whom genomic research studies would be appropriate
  • Identify the mechanisms for translating research findings into direct benefits for communities and patients worldwide
  • Develop an understanding of the unique scientific insights provided by the study of rare monogenic disease

Who is the course for?

This course is for research teams, clinicians and allied health and special educational needs workers and diagnostic facilities that work with families affected by inherited diseases.

Who will you learn with?

Emma Baple

Emma Baple

Dr Emma Baple
Consultant Clinical Genetics
Senior Lecturer in Genomic Medicine

Andrew Crosby

Andrew Crosby

Professor Andrew Crosby
Professor of Human Genetics
Wellcome-Wolfson Research Institute, University of Exeter Medical School.

Who developed the course?

The University of Exeter is a Russell Group university. It combines world-class research with very high levels of student satisfaction.


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