The HSE launched the First National Genetics and Genomics Strategy for Ireland on Tuesday 13th December. The strategy outlines the planned development of an enhanced patient and family-centred genetic and genomic service that will be coordinated nationally. A press release and further details are available at the above link.
Dr Mark Bale, Advisor and Lead for the National Strategy for Genetics and Genomics for Ireland, gave a keynote talk from at ISHG 2022 in September on “An update on The National Genetics and Genomics Strategy for Ireland”. It’s great to now see the project moving forward and to see details on the strategy emerging. Speaking at the launch, Dr Bale said “In the development of this strategy, we’ve noted examples of excellence in genetics and genomics evident throughout the country. However, because of the collective, invaluable contributions of over 100 experts, healthcare professionals, advocates and patient representatives, Ireland now has a comprehensive strategy. This provides a way forward for progressing this exciting field of medicine to improve citizen health and wellbeing whilst advancing research, innovation, and discovery. I have every confidence that Ireland will rise to this occasion, beginning with implementation in early 2023.”
More on the strategy, including a 76 page report, are available at https://www.hse.ie/eng/about/who/strategic-programmes-office-overview/national-strategy-for-accelerating-genetic-and-genomic-medicine-in-ireland/