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Sharing best practice in WGS for children with cancer

Since 2020, whole genome sequencing (WGS) has been available as a frontline test in England for children with cancer, to enable a more comprehensive and precise diagnosis, and access to enhanced personalised treatments. However, challenges in implementing pathways to enable WGS, and a lack of education and training opportunities have been cited as the main factors for low uptake on this test across England.

East Genomics together with Wellcome Connecting Science and the University of Cambridge are inviting clinicians and pathologists from all UK paediatric oncology specialist centres, as well as cancer leads from the seven Genomics Laboratory Hubs in England to a one-day in-person workshop, for an open discussion. This initial event will provide an opportunity to share best practice, discuss the issues around implementation, and to collectively consider solutions to improve uptake across the UK.

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The morning session, in which there are a number of key note speakers including Professor Dame Sue Hill, will be open to a wider audience via Zoom. To view the agenda and to register on the Wellcome Connecting Science webpage. (opens in a new tab) A limited number of places are still available for key clinicians to attend the full day. To enquire about attending in-person please email conferences@wellcomeconnectingscience.org.

This workshop is a prelude to a planned series of educational multi-disciplinary team meetings (MDTs).