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The Genomics Era: the Future of Genetics in Medicine

Get an introduction to the growing role of genomics in healthcare, for patient diagnoses, treatment and disease prevention.

Free:

  • Access to the course for its duration + 14 days, regardless of when you join (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • No certificate

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  • Unlimited access to the course, for as long as it exists on FutureLearn (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • A Certificate of Achievement when you complete the course

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The Genomics Era: the Future of Genetics in Medicine

This course is part of the Genomics in Healthcare program, which will enable you to study genomics at postgraduate level, for CPD or as a gateway to further study.

Why join the course?

This free online course will provide healthcare professionals with a basic grounding in genomic medicine. It will introduce you to new genomic technologies, which are revolutionising medicine and will, in time, provide the mainstay of patient diagnosis, treatment and disease prevention.

Discover the potential of genetics in healthcare

The course will give you an awareness of genomic technologies and the data they generate. With ready access to genomic data promised by transformational NHS initiatives such as the 100,000 Genomes Project, genomic data will be integral to all sectors of medicine.

By the end of the course, you will understand the power and the challenges associated with these new technologies and data, enabling you to make appropriate referrals and evidence-based management decisions, and use genomic results for patient benefit, without compromising patient safety.

Learn with experts in clinical genetics and education

The course draws on the experience of experts in clinical genetics and education at St George’s, University of London, St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and the Genomics Education Programme from Health Education England.

As clinical geneticists who undertake diagnosis and care of patients with genetic conditions on a regular basis, the course educators are able to explain the relevance of novel technologies to clinical practice both now and in the future.

Demonstrate your continuing professional development (CPD)

The course has been approved for distance-learning continuing professional development (CPD) by the:

  • Royal College of Physicians (RCP): for 10 Category 1 (external) CPD credits.
  • Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH): from 09 October 2015 to 09 October 2017, for a total of 10 CPD credits.
  • Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP): for 10 hours of CPD activity.

To qualify for these CPD credits, you will need to buy a Certificate of Achievement as evidence of completing the course. This online course was created in May 2015 and revised in October 2015.

Continue learning with the Genomics in Healthcare program

This course is the first of three in the Genomics in Healthcare program from St George’s, University of London. Completing all of the courses will enable you to study genomic technologies at a postgraduate level, whether for CPD or as a gateway to further study.

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What topics will you cover?

  • DNA, genes, chromosomes and the human genome;
  • Normal genetic variation;
  • Genetic variation and disease: genetic mutations and chromosome abnormalities;
  • The inheritance of genetic conditions;
  • Emerging genomic technologies including next generation sequencing;
  • The interpretation of genomic data;
  • The application of genomics to clinical practice;
  • Communicating genomic information to patients;
  • The legal and ethical implications associated with the use of genomic data.

When would you like to start?

  • Date to be announced

What will you achieve?

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the fundamentals of human genetics; the human genome, DNA, chromosomes, and genes
  • Describe the normal processes of cell division, transcription and translation within a human cell
  • Evaluate the mechanisms for the introduction of variation into the human genome, including normal genetic variation and disease causing variation
  • Compare the characteristics of somatic mutations vs constitutional mutations within the human genome
  • Discuss the different mechanisms by which errors in the genetic code can lead to disease
  • Explore the impact of a genetic condition on the lives of patients
  • Compare the different technologies used to interrogate the human genome and describe the types of genetic variation which can be identified by different technological approaches
  • Reflect upon the myriad clinical applications of genomic technology, their benefits and limitations and how they impact on clinical practice and the development of personalised medicine
  • Explore the challenges involved in accurate and effective communication in genomics
  • Debate the ethical and legal implications that are presented by the new era of genomics

Who is the course for?

This course is aimed at current healthcare professionals, who are interested in learning more about the fundamentals of genetics and how genomic technologies are transforming medical practice.

It is not essential to have previous genetic knowledge or experience, although medical terminology is used and the course is designed to be applicable to clinical practice.

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Who will you learn with?

Kate Tatton-Brown

I'm a Consultant and Reader in Clinical Genetics. In addition to my clinical role, I am engaged in genomic research and am committed to improving medical education.

Katie Snape

I'm a consultant cancer geneticist at St George's University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. My research involved using next generation sequencing technology to identify genes associated with cancer.

Shereen Tadros

​I have a paediatric background and am a Registrar in Clinical Genetics based at Great Ormond Street Hospital. I have an interest in medical law and ethics and hold a Masters degree in Medical Law.

Who developed the course?

St George’s is the UK’s only university dedicated to medical and health sciences education, training and research.

With nearly 8,500 dedicated staff caring for patients around the clock, St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is the largest healthcare provider in southwest London.

Accredited by Royal College of General Practitioners

The course has been approved for distance-learning continuing professional development (CPD) by the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP): for 10 hours of CPD activity. To qualify for these CP

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Buy a personalised, digital and printed certificate and transcript

You can buy a Certificate of Achievement for this course — a personalised certificate and transcript in both digital and printed formats, to prove what you’ve learnt. A Statement of Participation is also available for this course.

Certificate of Achievement + transcript £79.00

Statement of Participation £34.00

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Course highlights Get a taste of this course before you join:

  • Welcome to Week 1
    Welcome to Week 1
    video

    In this video, Lead Educator, Dr Kate Tatton-Brown welcomes learners to the course and explains the course aims and outcomes.

  • Did you know?
    Did you know?
    video

    Our resident scientist tells you his favourite genomics facts.

  • Errors in recombination
    Errors in recombination
    article

    This video describes how structural chromosome abnormalities occur when errors occur in recombination.