University wins competitive bid for new MSc in Genomic Medicine

The inter-faculty genomic medicine team led by Professor Winston Hide have won a competitive bid to provide the UK’s first dedicated masters course in genomic medicine for NHS Health Education England (HEE). This award has only been made to top genomics centres of excellence in the UK.

The course, following the syllabus outlined by the HEE Genomic Health Education Programme, aims to equip students with an understanding of the scope and application of genomics within medicine and healthcare research, as well as an appreciation of the ethical, social and legal issues surrounding this field. Through individual research projects students will gain first-hand experience and training in hypothesis-driven research. This masters course is aimed at students from a range of healthcare backgrounds wanting to develop their knowledge and expertise in the field of Genomic Medicine.

Professor Winston Hide, former Director of the Bioinformatics Core at Harvard’s Public School of Health, has played a decisive role in securing the award. Professor Hide has joined the University in 2014 and is based in SITraN where he is in the process of establishing a centre for genome translation.

SITraN Director, Professor Dame Pamela Shaw says: “We are delighted to have Winston Hide on board. With his broad expertise in bioinformatics and computational biology we are now able to rapidly advance our understanding into the causes of neurodegenerative diseases. This new knowledge is much-needed to speed up development of new therapies for patients.”

For further information on the MSc in genomic medicine and to apply visit: http://www.sheffield.ac.uk/neuroscience/genomicmedicine