Our second annual Festival of Genomics London took place on January 31st – February 1st, 2017. For those of you who couldn’t make the trip out to London, we’ve uploaded the presentation slides for you so you don’t miss out!

Topics covered:

  • Overview of UK Genomics
  • Clinical Genomics
  • Genomics In Drug Development
  • Data Sharing (with GA4GH)
  • Cancer Genomics
  • Synthetic Biology
  • Genetic Counselling


The Festival continues it’s tour this year in San Diego and Boston before making a triumphant return to London in January 2018.


Festival of Genomics San Diego June 26-27, 2017

Festival of Genomics Boston

Festival of Genomics Boston, October 3-4, 2017


Festival of Genomics London January 30-31, 2018





09:50: – 10:15 Sue Hill How frontline healthcare is being transformed by genomics – the NHS experience

10:15 – 10:40 Ian Hudson Regulation and the development of drugs for precision medicine and companion diagnostics

Genomics in the clinic

11:20 – 11:45 Nazneen Rahman Making genetic medicine work – the promise, the progress, the pitfalls

13:25 – 13:50 Said Ismail The Qatar Genome Program; seizing a unique opportunity

14:40 – 15:05 Amanda Hunn Building public confidence in sharing their tissue and data for research

15:05 – 15:30 Manuel Corpas The Human Genome Data Access Bottleneck

16:05 – 16:30 Rainer GolombekPromoting clinical engagement in genomics, using a quality improvement approach

16:55 – 17:20 Ana Alfirevic NHS implementation of genotype-guided dosing of Warfarin” 


Data Sharing Hosted by GA4GH

11:15 – 11:40 Julia Wilson The Global Alliance for Genomics and Health

13:15 – 13:40 Thomas Keane Sequencing data discovery & remote streaming in the web API era

14:45 – 15:10 Sarah Hunt Standardising sequence variation representation in the genomic medicine era

15:10 – 15:35 Joaquin Dopazo A country-wide crowdsourcing initiative to collect and share the local population variability

16:10 – 16:35 Sir John Burn DNA differences: probably the most important medical advance

12:45 – 13:10 Sarah Teichmann Understanding cellular heterogeneity using single cell genomics


Cancer Genomics 

11:05 – 11:30 Paul Workman The cancer genome in 2017: tackling the challenge of tumour heterogeneity, evolution & therapy resistance


Whose genome is it anyway?

12:25 – 12:50 Manuel Corpas A family experience with open-access personal genomics

12:50 – 13:40 Rose Gray No data about me, without me!

Synthetic Biology 

14:20 – 14:40 Ross Kettleborough Reimagine SequenceSpace” 

14:40 – 15:00 Michael Roberts Harnessing the power of the genome to improve cell & gene therapy

15:20 – 15:40 Dek Woolfson Working towards synthetic proteomes: where could the ‘dark matter of proteins’ take us?

16:20 – 16:40 Vitor PinheiroThe XNA episome – the minimal essential component for engineering synthetic life


Sir John Burn

Sir John Burn, Festival of Genomics London 2016




10:00 – 10:25 Kári Stefánsson Genetics of common diseases”

Drug Development

13:00- 13:25 Mireille Cantarini Lessons for the rapid delivery of precision medicines to market – the Tagrisso story

14:25  15:15 Philippe Sanseau, Head of Computational Biology, GSK “Open Targets: Transforming drug discovery by enabling the systematic identification and prioritisation of targets-“


14:45 – 15:10 Gemma Nicoll New insights into CRISPR driven genome editing


Enabling Data

11:15 – 11:40 Lindsay Edwards Translational informatics in drug discovery: how do the pieces of the puzzle fit together?

13:50 – 14:15 Dame Fiona Caldicott “Trust matters: overcoming privacy concerns around genomic & genetic data”


Genetic Counselling 

14:40 – 15:30 Gemma Chandratillake “DNA variant interpretation for genetic counsellors – how to make sense from missense”