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First Minister to open flagship cancer genetics building

29 November 2010

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A new high-tech home for Wales’ to advance the genetic fight against cancer and other inherited diseases will be officially opened by Rt. Hon Carwyn Jones, First Minister of Wales on Thursday 2nd December between 3-4pm.

The First Minister will join experts from Cardiff University’s Institute of Medical Genetics, the department of Genetics, Haematology and Pathology, cancer charities and cancer patients to officially open the new building at the University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff.

Some of Cardiff University’s leading experts in medical genetics will be available to discuss their research in cancer genetics as well as offering a tour of the new state-of-the-art facility. The new building contains over 1500 sq m of floor space and features two laboratory floors that are fully equipped for research that aims to improve the detection, diagnosis and treatment of cancer and inherited disorders that predispose to tumours.

The striking fixed louvres on the new building have been designed to keep the south facing laboratories cool and are colour-coded to correspond to the sequence of the TSC2 gene that was discovered by Cardiff researchers and that causes tuberous sclerosis, an inherited disorder associated with kidney, brain and other tumours.

** Filming/interview opportunities:

Professor Julian Sampson, Head of Cardiff University’s Institute of Medical Genetics will be available to discuss his genetic research and the importance of the new building.

Professor Ray Waters will discuss his development of new technology for measuring DNA damage and repair.

Further information or to arrange to film or interview, please contact:

Chris Jones
Public Relations
Cardiff University
Tel: 029 20 874731