The UK Eye Genetics Group was set up in 2002 for ophthalmic clinicians and clinical geneticists with a specialist interest and expertise in ophthalmic genetics, to keep up to date in the field of clinical ophthalmic genetics which is a rapidly evolving specialty.
Welcome to the UK-EGG Website
The UK Eye Genetics Group (UK-EGG) was set up in December 2002 for ophthalmic clinicians and clinical geneticists with a specialist interest and expertise in ophthalmic genetics, to keep up to date in the field of clinical ophthalmic genetics which is a rapidly evolving specialty. The aims of the group are to disseminate the following information:
- NHS initiatives in ophthalmic genetics and relevant funding
- Centers offering molecular genetic analysis
- Update of current research in ophthalmic genetics
- Provide a forum for interaction between clinicians and scientists
- Share research in applied fields
- Open discussion group
New Team Members
Welcome Neeru and Chloe…
The UK-EGG Executive Committee are pleased to welcome Neeru Vallabh and Chloe Stanton to the Committee as co-directors of seminars for UK-EGG.
Neeru and Chloe will work together to organise online seminars for the UK-EGG community over the next year.
More information to follow.
Updated Genomic Testing Prioritisation
Updated Genomic Testing Prioritisation
Effective Saturday 1st August 2020
Following the response to the COVID-19 pandemic, NHS England has issued new guidance to genomic laboratories on the prioritisation of work.
From 1st August 2020, all urgent and routine genomic services are returning to business as usual.
Laboratories will continue to process any locally stored samples (non-urgent samples received during the pandemic) and will accept samples from all Genomic Laboratory Hubs for testing.
We would like to thank you for your patience and support during this time.
NEW ‘Case Studies’ added to Education Section
Check out the UK-EGG Case Studies section here.
Genetics of Ocular Development (GoOD) meeting 2020
Following the success of the 2019 Genetics of Ocular Development (GoOD) meeting held in Oxford, we are pleased to announce the second GoOD meeting on Monday 7th September 2020 as a virtual event hosted by Professor Jean-Michel Rozet, Imagine, Paris.
The GoOD Meeting enables scientists and clinicians to meet, share ideas, and provide the basis for future collaboration.
There is a registration fee of 50 Euros for participants. PhD or clinical students can register free if they email a sponsorship letter from their lab or clinical lead to Professor Jean-Michel Rozet.
Authors are invited to submit an abstract by 27th July 2020, using the form on the GoOD Meeting website.
We look forward to meeting you virtually this September hosted from Paris.
Summer 2020 UK-EGG Newsletter
Save the Date – Annual Meeting on Monday, 21st June, 2021
2021 Annual Meeting – Venue and Date for your Diary
Our annual conference was due to be held on Tuesday, 24th November, 2020, but due to concerns about ongoing social distancing and restrictions on large group meetings, we have taken the difficult decision to postpone our face to face meeting to Monday, 21st June, 2021. This will be held in the main auditorium of The Francis Crick Institute, London, with access to their gallery space, so there will be plenty of room to spread out and/or invite more guests.
To mark the November meeting we will be hosting a webinar and more details will follow!
UK-EGG Executive Committee: Mariya Moosajee, Denize Atan and Gabrielle Wheway
Twitter and ListServ coming to UK-EGG
We are pleased to announce two new initiatives to the UK Eye Genetics Group.
Firstly, we would like to continue discussion between clinicians, geneticists and scientists in the UK-EGG membership around cases, new research or health service provision updates in the COVID era. We have set up a new UK-EGG ListServ: UKEyeGeneticsGroup@jisc.ac.uk. Details about how to sign up and listserv etiquette to follow shortly in our newsletter.
Secondly, to facilitate wider dissemination of research and clinical updates in eye genetics, we have set up a UK-EGG Twitter account. Please follow @UKEyeGenetics
UK-EGG Executive Committee: Denize Atan, Mariya Moosajee and Gabrielle Wheway
Update on Genomic Services from NHS England summarised by Dr Penny Clouston, Clinical Scientist Representative for UK-EGG
COVID-19 UPDATE – SUSPENSION OF NON-URGENT GENOMIC SERVICES
Effective Friday 27th March 2020
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, NHS England has issued guidelines to genomic laboratories on the prioritisation of work to ensure the continued delivery of services for rare disease and cancer patients with urgent clinical need and to release laboratory capacity to support COVID-19 testing.
Until further notice, genomic diagnostic services will be directed to the following groups of patients:
- Pregnant women undergoing prenatal diagnosis
- Patients needing urgent advice on carrier testing relating to pregnancy (e.g. cystic fibrosis, thalassaemia)
- Those with abnormal fetal scans; critically ill neonates and children requiring assessment and those for whom the rapid PICU/NICU Whole Exome Sequencing (WES) is appropriate
- New-born screening programmes (e.g. cystic fibrosis, MCADD)
- Conditions where rapid genetic testing may alter clinical treatment or decision making (e.g. BRCA testing to inform chemotherapy options)
Laboratories will continue to process and test all samples received for urgent testing.
Please do not send non-urgent samples until further notice. Any non-urgent samples received will be processed (DNA/RNA extraction or cell culture) and stored.
We would like to thank you for your patience and continued support during this time.
UK-EGG Membership now available ONLINE
Becoming a member of UK-EGG ensures you will be kept updated with genetic ophthalmology research currently on-going in the UK.
Membership attracts a one-off joining fee of £25.00, with no further payment for continued membership. Being a member of UK-EGG also means you can attend our yearly Conference for a reduced fee.
Membership can now be purchased online via this LINK
UK Eye Genetic Group Committee – New Member
16 years of support for ophthalmic clinicians and clinical geneticists