Young People’s Genomics Café, 3rd March 2022 : A review

People’s Genomics Café of 2022 was held earlier this month. A informal way to find out more about genomics, medicine and health, the cafes are held in conjunction with Genomics Partnership Wales as part of their engagement activities around the Genomics for Precision Medicine Strategy launched by the Welsh Government in 2017.    Aimed at those aged 16 to 25, the Young People’s cafes are held three times a year include talks from guest speakers including health professionals and researchers, as well as an informal question and answer session.   March’s café featured talks on A Genomic Fairy Tale – How Genomics is Represented in the Media (Rhys Vaughan, Wales Gene Park), A Musical Explanation of Epigenetics (Dr Karen Reed, Wales Gene Park), and How Genetics and Genomics Can Shape Drama (Lisa Parry, Playwright and Co-Director of Illumine Theatre). Lisa also spoke about the launch of her new podcast drama Tremolo which explores the impact of a diagnosis of early-onset Familial Alzheimer’s Disease (eFAD) from the perspective of a teenage boy.  The cafe was well received by attendees and feedback was very positive with comments including:  

  • Thank you so much, a brilliant session as always. Loved the mix of creativity and science 
  • Thank you, all the speakers were so interesting, and I’ll definitely be listening to the audio drama 
  • Thank you to all, this was incredibly interesting and eye opening! 

  We are already looking forward to the next Young People’s Genomics Café, which will take place early summer (please keep an eye out for the date on the Wales Gene Park and GPW website and social media channels). If you would like to find out more about these events, or would be interested in giving a short, public-friendly talk at one of the cafes, please email walesgenepark@cardiff.ac.uk     

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