Launching "Pathogen Genomics Into Practice"

Past event

We convened a summit of expert representatives of the main stakeholders involved in delivery of infectious disease services in England, to receive and review our findings from our report - Pathogen Genomics Into Practice - and consider the way forward.


Held in the illustrious surroundings of the library of the Royal College of Physicians, the Deputy Chief Medical Officer John Watson opened our discussion. Prof Watson welcomed the report, highlighting that it covered areas of great importance for current Department of Health research and service priorities for infectious diseases.

I welcome this PHG Foundation report because it faces head on some of these challenging issues.

Prof John Watson MBBS, MSc, FRCP, FFPH Deputy Chief Medical Officer for England

Three leading experts in some of the most ground-breaking work in pathogen genomics discussed their visions for the future: Dr Nick Loman (University of Birmingham), Professor Paul Kellam (Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute / UCL) and Professor Sharon Peacock (Bloomsbury Research Institute).

The work that you do is going to be instrumental in getting genomics into the NHS

Professor Sharon Peacock CBE, FMedSci Director of the Bloomsbury Research Institute

PHG Foundation project leader Dr Leila Luheshi closed the day summarising the strategic recommendations of the report and delegates discussed issues surrounding the systematic, co-ordinated national delivery of pathogen genomics to front-line health services.

Read our storify round-up of the event here.

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