The Genomics Policy Research Unit

The GPU (Genomics Policy Research Unit) has been researching the impact of new genetic technologies on health and social care since 1996, with two core themes to its research programme.

One strand of enquiry on the public understanding of genetics/genomics, led by Reader Dr Rachel Iredale, takes innovative approaches to engaging hard-to-reach groups.

The second strand, led by Professor Maggie Kirk, explores health professional education and competency. Maggie directed the nursing programme of the NHS National Genetics and Genomics Education Centre (Birmingham Women’s NHS Foundation Trust) from 2004 to 2012.

The GPU has close links with the Wales Gene Park, Techniquest, the All Wales Medical Genetics Service and Plymouth University. Its close international links include the International Society of Nursing in Genetics (ISONG) and National Institutes of Health, USA.

The GPU is one of the constituent research units of CRICS, the Centre for Research & Innovation in Care Sciences.

The Telling Stories Understanding Real Life Genetics project

One of our biggest achievements is the Telling Stories project; a resource which continues to grow. Launched in 2007, the website was initially developed for nurses and midwives to help them to learn more about genetics and link their knowledge with everyday practice. We have since expanded it to support medical education. The site has been very well received nationally and internationally, with visitors from over 170 countries.

To access the free library of real life stories and all the supporting material please visit the Telling Stories website or to find out more about the project, please visit the GPU projects page.

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Genetics – what’s it all about?

Watch Oort Kuiper’s rap commissioned for the GAMY project for a toe-tapping summary of the key points about genetics.

Hear what children from Stanwell School think about genetics and cancer

Click here to watch the Let’s Talk About Genes and I don’t Mean Trousers rap!