Festival of genomics 2021

Past event


PHG Foundation hosted a mastermind panel discussion as part of the Festival of Genomics 2021. The recording of the discussion is available to watch below.

Beyond companion diagnostics - what next for ctDNA liquid biopsy in the NHS? 

The session discussed progress in developing applications of liquid biopsy for the early detection and management of cancer, prospects for implementation in the NHS, and associated policy issues this may pose.

Dr Mark Kroese (Director, PHG Foundation) - Chair

Prof Rachel Butler (Director, South West Genomic Laboratory Hub)

Dr Anca Oniscu (Clinical Lead Molecular Pathology, Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh)

Dr Nitzan Rosenfeld (Senior Group Leader, Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute)

Dr Laura Blackburn (Head of Science, PHG Foundation)

The Festival of Genomics and Biodata
Professor Rachel Butler
Professor Rachel Butler

Rachel is the Head of the Bristol Genetic diagnostic laboratory, and Operational Director of the South West Genomics Laboratory Hub. She is currently the co-Chair of the National Genomic Test Directory Evaluation Group for Cancer. She was awarded an MBE in 2017 for services to Genomics in Wales and the UK.

Dr Nitzan Rosenfeld
Dr Nitzan Rosenfeld

Nitzan leads a translational research group at the CRUK Cambridge Institute, which focuses on the application of ctDNA as a tool for cancer diagnostics and non-invasive genomics. In 2014, Nitzan co-founded Inivata, a clinical cancer genomics company that aims to harness the emerging potential of ctDNA analysis. In 2013 Nitzan received the CRUK Future Leaders in Cancer Research Prize and he was awarded the Foulkes Foundation Medal from the British Academy of Medical Sciences in 2015.

Dr Anca Oniscu
Dr Anca Oniscu

Anca is a Consultant Pathologist and the Clinical Lead for Molecular Pathology at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, and the National Clinical Lead for Molecular Pathology for NHS Scotland.

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