IBMSPod Episode 12 – Genomic Medicine and Public Engagement

IBMSPod Episode 12 – Genomic Medicine and Public Engagement
11 October 2021
In October’s episode of IBMS pod, we explored the ground-breaking discipline of Genomic Medicine – a field which is revolutionising how we diagnose and treat disease.

Episode 12 marks one year of the IBMS Pod. We were joined by expert in genomics medicine Deborah Lakeland. In LabLife, our guest was trainee in critical care science Charlotte Felton. 

Genomic Medicine with Deborah Lakeland

As we enter a new era of personalised medicine, how can biomedical scientists integrate the necessary genomic tests into their services?

Genomics medicine uses information about a patient’s genetic makeup to improve their care and overall clinical outcome across a range of diseases. As the NHS implements genomics into the NHS, we’ll enter a new paradigm of cutting-edge diagnostics which will see new personalised treatments tailored to the individual patient routinely available.

Deborah Lakeland is a cancer genomics project manager at Lancashire & South Cumbria teaching. Hospitals. Deborah has over 30 years of experience as a biomedical scientist across several specialities including Immunology, Haematology and Molecular Pathology . She moved over to genomics to assist the 100,000 genome project. 

Deborah takes us through what progress has been made so far in the field of genomics medicine, including the government’s 100,000 genome project and her role within it. She then discusses how genomics medicine has transformed therapeutics for cancer patients before outlining the major challenges biomedical scientists face in order to fully integrate genomics medicine into their practice. Later, Deborah is asked to outline how large scale testing of coronavirus patient genomes helped us to identify variant strains of SARS-CoV2 and ultimately helped us bring the pandemic under control. 

We also discussed Deborah’s outreach and media work including being recognised as a Chief Scientific Officer Women in Science and Engineering Fellow for 2019/2020.

In the Quick-Fire round, Rob is curious if Deborah prefers tea over coffee, casual wear over smart wear and ab-sailing over bungee jumping!

LabLife with Charlotte Felton

IBMS Licentiate Charlotte Felton is a trainee clinical scientist in critical care science. Charlotte Felton explained why she felt it was so important to participate in the public engagement of biomedical science, and the initiatives she’s set up to promote the profession and teach younger generations about careers in Biomedical science including the popular ‘inspire BMS’ Twitter account.

She also tells us about why she is transitioning from a band 5 role in haematology to a new role in critical care science and what the role encompasses. 

How to listen

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Episode outline

1. IBMS News

Feature Interview with Deborah Lakeland

Part 1: Mentoring and outreach – Deborah discusses her work engaging the community in genomics medicine; from creating an innovative programme of education for primary school children to being chosen as a fellow for the CSO Wise Leadership programme 2019/20.

Part 2: Genomics medicine – Deborah tells us how genomics medicine has transformed diagnostics, prognostics and novel therapeutics for cancer patients and talks us through the challenges the profession faces to integrate new technologies and techniques into the health innovative new technology into their services.

Part 3: Quick-Fire round

2. LabLife with Charlotte Felton

Links to further resources

IBMS News:

Deborah Lakeland:


Genomic Medicine:

Social media:

LabLife with Charlotte Felton:



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