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Course overview and your educators on this course

Overview of the course. Backgrounds of the five GPs who created the course.

Here is a short overview of the weeks ahead and the first opportunity for you to meet your educators

Course overview

Over the next three weeks you will be learning by reading articles, watching videos, checking your understanding in the quizzes and the final test, and through discussion with other learners.

In week 1 we will cover cancer genetics and familial hypercholesterolaemia.

In week 2 we will consider a young patient who may have a rare disease, and look at pre-conception screening for a couple trying for a baby.

In week 3 we will look at the impact of Direct to Consumer genomic testing, and consider the growing role of genomics in infectious diseases including the Covid-19 pandemic.

 Your Educators

We, your Educators on this course, will be present during the next three weeks of the course, following and joining in the discussions from time to time and sharing our expertise with you. On this journey together, we will be helping each other to learn. We will also be looking at your feedback, which will serve to improve the course.

At the end of each week, we provide a written summary of the week’s learning. We will also email you with a round-up of the week’s learning. We are looking forward to learning with you.

Imran Rafi

Lead Educator and Developer

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Imran was Chair of the Royal College of GPs Clinical Innovation and Research Centre (CIRC), a GP in Surrey, and a Reader in Primary Care and Genomics at St George’s University of London. Imran has had a long held interest in genetics and works with Dr Jude Hayward as joint RCGP clinical champions in Genomics. Imran is convenor of the WONCA specialist group for genetics, GP member on the Royal College of Physicians and British Pharmacology Society pharmacogenomics working group. He currently sits on the Accelerating the Early Detection of Disease project ethics and feedback working group. In terms of research and innovation he is a collaborator on projects with the Institute for Cancer Research , London. Together with Dr Jude Hayward, we will be working around the implementation of pharmacogenomics in General Practice.

Jude Hayward

Educator and Developer

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Dr. Jude Hayward is a GP in Bradford and GPwSI in Genetics / Genomics where she has a clinical interest in Inherited Cancer Predisposition Syndromes. She has a longstanding interest in development of a variety of educational resources around genomic medicine tailored for primary care colleagues. She is currently Primary Care Advisor to Health Education England Genomics Education Programme and Co-chair of the HEE GEP / NHSEI Primary Care Special Interest Group in Genomics. She is RCGP Co-clinical champion for Genomics in Primary Care with Dr. Imran Rafi and has even played the cello in a string quartet at an RCGP annual conference.

Debbie Hipps

Educator and Developer

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Debbie is a GP trainer in South London with interests in Genomics and Education. She is currently studying part-time for a MSc in Genomic Medicine. Her interest in genomic medicine arose from her previous work in the field of molecular recognition. Prior to her medical degree, she completed a BA, PhD and Post-doctoral research positions in Cambridge, UK and at MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA. She was trained in techniques of biochemistry and molecular biology to interrogate the molecular mechanisms of protein and transfer RNA recognition.

Will Evans

Educator and Developer

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Dr Will Evans is a GP in Leeds and an academic at the University of Nottingham. Will has a longstanding interest in rare and genetic diseases, he is the Chairman of Niemann-Pick UK- a rare disease charity, and is the clinical lead with Mendelian- a health tech company using digital solutions to help diagnose rare diseases.

Catherine Millington-Sanders

Educator and Developer

Catherine is a GP and educationalist with a special interest in end of life care and communication skills.

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