7 Sep 2015

Sequencing for the first 77 families was completed and the analysis of the data has been initiated.

21 Sep 2015

Lead investigator Dr Matt Hurles was asked to speak at the charity Antenatal Results and Choices (ARC) biennial national conference for health care professionals in London on 21st September. The conference was entitled 'Screening expectations: The impact on women and professionals of advances in antenatal screening.' Matt joined a prestigious line up of speakers (including Prof Lyn Chitty and Prof Kypros Nicolaides for the afternoon session on prenatal genetic testing.

He was able to inform a capacity audience about the PAGE Study and its progress to date. Delegates included doctors, academics, specialist midwives, sonographers and genetic counsellors so it was a good opportunity to raise awareness of the work. The presentation evaluated well, attracting comments such as 'delivered a very challenging subject in  a way that allowed good understanding', 'interesting and very thought-provoking' and 'great update - we provide samples to PAGE'.  

8 Oct 2015

The first year of the PAGE study has come to an end and we can report that we have made excellent progress throughout the year. We were able to exceed our year 1 milestone target for recruitment by >100%, with 212 families currently participating in the study. The target for sample processing was also exceeded by >50%, giving us a head start in our efforts towards meeting the milestones for year 2.

The progress was presented to our funders, the Wellcome Trust and the Department of Health (Health Innovation Challenge Fund) who confirmed that all year 1 milestones were successfully achieved.

7 July 2015

The Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute has received further shipments of DNA samples from both clinical centres. This is taking the total number to 77 families whose samples are currently going through the analysis pipeline.

22 June 2015

A presentation on the PAGE study was well received at the Association for Clinical Genetic Science conference in Birmingham.

1 June 2015

Last week the PAGE study has successfully met its first major recruitment milestone of 100 families.

18 May 2015

Over the last few months we have been recruiting scientists and clinical staff for the PAGE team. Today the last vacant role has been filled by a new team member. Everyone is now in place to collect, prepare, process & analyse a steadily increasing number of samples.

1 Apr 2015

Samples collected locally have been processed at NHS Diagnostic Laboratories to prepare the DNA for sequence analysis. Today the first batch of DNA samples has arrived at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute where they will undergo detailed genetic analyses.

27 Mar 2015

Three additional local recruitment centres have started recruiting families, the sample numbers for the study are steadily increasing.


19 Dec 2014

Several local NHS recruitment centres have already been approved to join the PAGE project and are now able to offer families the opportunity to take part in the PAGE study. So far three local centres have started to recruit patients.

31 Oct 2014

It has been a month since the PAGE study started on 1st Oct 2014. During this first month the first 12 families have consented to participate in the study.

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