The South London GMC participant engagement event ‘Unlocking the Secrets of DNA’ took place on the 8th November 2017 at the Fetal Research Medicine Research Institute based at King’s College Hospital. Over 40 patients, members of the public and NHS staff attended the successful event and found out more about how genomics is transforming healthcare.
Attendees were able to hear Dr Kate Tatton-Brown, consultant in clinical genetics at St George’s Hospital, give an introduction to genomics and listen to a patient talk about their own experience of genetic testing. This was followed by a participatory session at multiple interactive information stands including microscopes, board games and some basic DNA testing using smell and taste. The evening was rounded off by a talk and debate on Ethics and Genomics.
Feedback from the session:
“Very informative and demonstrated in an enjoyable fashion, thank you.”
“Very engaging event. Really enjoyed the stalls and even having studied Genetics to some degree, still learnt more. The speakers and staff were friendly and happy to answer questions.”
“Thank you for the very interesting session. Public education of this subject seems to be very important.”
“Have you ever thought about more events like this? It was extremely interesting. I would be happy to participate in the future if you decide to have more events!”