A New Era: the Future of Genetics in Medicine - a new free online course

St George’s, University of London, has launched a new free online course to give healthcare professionals a basic grounding in genomic medicine.

The massive, open online course (MOOC) explores the new genomic technologies that are revolutionising medicine and will, in time, provide the mainstay of patient diagnosis, treatment and disease prevention.During the past decade, genomic medicine has been revolutionised by next generation sequencing technologies. In the past, genetic testing was limited to sequencing one gene at a time. However, next generation sequencing technologies permit the parallel sequencing of many or all genes.These new technologies have greatly enhanced the chances of diagnosis for rare conditions and are beginning to provide a real chance of personalised care for each patient.Kate Tatton-Brown, lead educator on the MOOC, said:"Technologies to interrogate the genome have advanced so rapidly during the last few years that we can now read our entire DNA code in just a few days with a cost approaching $1000 (£670). This is transforming medicine. We have developed an accessible and engaging online programme, a MOOC entitled 'The Genomics Era: the Future of Genetics in Medicine', to teach healthcare professionals about genomics so that they can use these data in their daily clinical practice. This hugely exciting project will launch with FutureLearn on 15th June."The 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.Soon genomic data will be integral to all sectors of medicine and will be used in the prevention, diagnosis and personalised treatment of human disease. St George’s is already a partner in the exciting 100,000 Genomes Project.The course is five weeks long, lasting two hours a week, and starts on 15 June 2015.It is run in partnership with FutureLearn, a free, open, online platform for courses from multiple UK and international universities. The course is five weeks long, lasting two hours a week, and starts on June 15 2015.Find out more about 'The Genomics Era: the Future of Genetics'.The course draws on the experience of experts in clinical genetics and education at St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, St George’s, University of London, and the Genomics Education Programme from Health Education England.St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is a founding member of the Genomics Network Alliance, recognised by NHS England as a Genomic Medicine Centre.

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Cypriot university strengthens ties to St George’s

Leaders from the University of Nicosia, Cyprus, have visited St George’s, University of London, to extend their collaboration which will benefit international students.

Dr Nicos Peristianis, President of the Council of the University of Nicosia (UNic), and Professor Andreas Charalambous, Executive Dean of UNic’s Medical School, met our Principal Peter Kopelman during the visit.In 2011, the University of Nicosia established the first Medical School in Cyprus, and launched the Graduate Entry 4-Year MBBS Programme (Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery), the first Medical Programme in Cyprus, in collaboration with St. George’s, University of London.Both universities have signed a long-term agreement to renew and extend their successful and innovative partnership in medical education. In May this year, the programme’s first cohort of 28medical students will graduate in Cyprus with a St George’s award.Principal Professor Peter Kopelman will be attending the graduation ceremony in Nicosia on 15 May.

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Global medical education effort expands training opportunities

St George’s, University of London, has signed an agreement with a US university to begin a new education programme that allows medical students from each school to study at the partner institution.

Under the new partnership with Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine, up to 30 St George’s international medical students will initially be selected to spend their clinical years at Marshall. Marshall students have the opportunity to opt for medical electives and research experiences at the school in London.

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London Mayor Boris backs St George's in New York

Mayor Boris Johnson backed universities in the capital, while leading the largest London trade mission undertaken to New York, after research by Google revealed US students searched for London more than any other city for university education.

He was speaking at one of a series of events at the Museum of the City of New York event called ‘London: Connecting you with the World’, organised by the London Universities International Partnership (LUIP), a collaboration of 18 London higher education institutions including St George’s, seeking to promote the city internationally.

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Unique transatlantic partnership to train doctors for global health challenges

Medical students from around the world will benefit from a long term strategic partnership announced by St George's, University of London, and Sidney Kimmel Medical College, Thomas Jefferson University.

The two dedicated health sciences universities, based in London, UK and Philadelphia, US, respectively, are set to collaborate on a range of initiatives, designed to allow students to prepare for 21st century global health challenges via exposure to both US and UK health systems during their programme.

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