6th August 2018

Genomes project recruiting people with familial hemiplegic migraine

The aim is to create a new genomic medicine service for the NHS

The 100,000 genomes project is sequencing 100,000 genomes from around 70,000 people. Participants are NHS patients with a rare disease, plus their families, and patients with cancer.

The aim is to create a new genomic medicine service for the NHS – transforming the way people are cared for. Patients may be offered a diagnosis where there wasn’t one before. In time, there is the potential of new and more effective treatments.

The project will also enable new medical research. Combining genomic sequence data with medical records is a ground-breaking resource. Researchers will study how best to use genomics in healthcare and how best to interpret the data to help patients. The causes, diagnosis and treatment of disease will also be investigated.

Familial hemiplegic migraine

People with familial hemiplegic migraine are currently being recruited for the project. If you are interested in taking part or just want to know more, contact Henry Houlden, Professor of Neurology and Neurogenetics, UCL Institute of Neurology and The National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, at h.houlden@ucl.ac.uk