Course pricing:

  • Consultants and GPs - £150
  • Junior Doctors and Postgraduate Students - £100
  • Nurses, Undergraduate Students, and Allied Healthcare Professionals - £80


This course teaches you key concepts that every health practitioner needs to know about cancer genomics. It consists of four modules that cover the basic principles of cancer genomics, ranging from cancer biology to hereditary cancer risk assessment to the utility of precision oncology in cancer treatment. By the end of the course, you will have developed a solid understanding of these fundamental concepts and how to apply this knowledge to your daily clinical practice. 

This course includes:

  • The Basics of Cancer Biology and Genomics
  • Cancer Susceptibility Genomics
  • Principles of Genomic Testing (Part 1) 
  • Precision Oncology (Part 1) - Clinical Applications


This course is aimed at: 

  • Medical Students and Doctors
  • Nursing Students and Nurses
  • Allied Healthcare Professionals
  • Biomedical and Clinical Scientists


This course is part of the Nucleus Educational Package, a collection of up-to-date, relevant and engaging genomics content. Nucleus came from a collaboration between Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust and Medics.Academy.  

This course will take approximately four hours to complete.


Coming soon: Additional course packages are in development that focus on the practical and advanced application of the core principles covered in 'The Essentials' package.

The 'Practical Application' package will include ‘The Essentials’ package, and will provide access to additional modules that build on the learning to enable course participants to see how the principles would be applied in practice.

The 'Advanced Application' will include both ‘The Essentials’ and the ‘Practical Application’ packages, but will provide access to additional modules that build on the learning from the previous packages, enabling course participants to develop an in-depth knowledge of cancer genetics.

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About the Authors

Dr Anju Kulkarni

Consultant Clinical Geneticist, Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust

Dr Anju Kulkarni is a Consultant Clinical Geneticist at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust. She has specific expertise in Cancer Genetics and is one of the few clinical geneticists nationally to have trained at specialist level in both Medical Oncology and Clinical Genetics giving her an in-depth knowledge of genomics and translational medicine within cancer care.Dr Kulkarni leads the cancer genetics service at Guy’s Hospital and holds several regional and national roles, including council member of the UK Cancer Genetics Group, medical advisor to the UK Genetic Counselling Registration Board and member of the Sarah Cannon Research Institute’s Genomics Review Board. She has extensive experience in Cancer Genetics having published, presented and taught on the topic at national and international level. Dr Kulkarni has a track record of establishing policies and guidelines relating to cancer genetics, by working with a broad range of colleagues across genetics and allied specialties.Dr Kulkarni has been instrumental in the establishment of several new service initiatives within Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, including an internationally recognised Cancer Genetics app. She has a passion for developing innovative technologies and using digital transformation in the field of genomics to improve patient care.

Dr Vishakha Tripathi

Consultant Genetic Counsellor, Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust

Dr Vishakha Tripathi is a Consultant Genetic Counsellor at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust and leads a large team of Genetic Counsellors and Nurses. She has worked in the fields of medicine, special needs teaching and genetic counselling through her career of 18 years with a clinical interest in cancer genetics and genomics. She is also clinical lead for the hereditary breast and ovarian cancer service as well as the cancer risk assessment service for South East London.Dr Tripathi has held several national consultancy and leadership positions having worked with the National Screening Committee, Genomics Clinical Reference Group and with the Professional Standards Authority and is the current Chair of the Genetic Counsellor Registration Board. She is the lead station writer for genomic counselling through the National School of Healthcare Science and an AHCS equivalence assessor and has led the South London Genomic Medicine Centre Education initiative for Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust in the past.Part of Dr Tripathi’s clinical role involves education and she leads the delivery of a successful annual cancer genetics course which has a track record both within the UK and abroad over the last ten years. She is passionate about the Genetic Counselling profession and is a strong patient advocate believing in the value of both high quality information in conjunction with the use of psychosocial skills for the benefit of patients.

Ms. Alice Coulson

Genetic Counsellor, Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust

Alice is a Genetic Counsellor at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, having recently completed the NHS Scientist Training Programme in Genomic Counselling. Alice sees patients for both diagnostic and predictive cancer genomic testing as well as working in the Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer service. During her training, she has developed an interest in education and training initiatives and undertook an elective placement at the Genomics Education Programme.Alice has a Master’s degree in Genes, Environment and Development in Psychiatry and Psychology. She previously worked at the Social, Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry Centre recruiting participants to the NIHR Mental Health Bioresource and developing the online Talking Therapies Research Resource.Alice is excited about the future of genomics in healthcare and wants to ensure patients are empowered in their choices for testing and management. She is looking forward to pursuing a career as a cancer genetics counsellor and championing Nucleus within the mainstream arena.

Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust

Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust is one of the largest hospital trusts in the country, with an annual turnover of more than £1.7 billion; 2.6 million patient contacts a year, and employing 18,050 staff. The Trust comprises two of London’s oldest and best known teaching hospitals - Guy’s Hospital and St Thomas’ Hospital. It also includes the Evelina London Children’s Hospital, and both adult and children’s community services in Lambeth and Southwark.

The hospitals have a long history, dating back almost 900 years, and are world famous for medical breakthroughs and innovation, with the Trust’s staff continuing to live up to these pioneering traditions through their commitment to clinical excellence and world leading research.

Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust has a reputation for clinical excellence and high quality teaching and research, and is part of King’s Health Partners, one of six academic health sciences centres in the UK.

The Royal Brompton and Harefield hospitals became part of Guy's and St Thomas NHS Foundation Trust in February 2021, bringing together world-leading expertise and research in heart and lung disease.

Course Curriculum

  • 1

    Introduction

    • Terms and Conditions

    • Introduction to the course

    • Meet the course tutors

  • 2

    Basics of Cancer Biology and Genomics

  • 3

    Cancer Susceptibility Genomics

    • Learning objectives

    • Quiz

    • Introduction

    • Inherited cancer gene mutations and other interacting factors

    • Taking a family history

    • Genome wide association studies and polygenic risk scores

    • How to choose a genetic test

    • Cancer Genetics App

    • Learning recap

    • Summary

  • 4

    Principles of Genomic Testing (Part 1)

    • Learning objectives

    • Quiz

    • Introduction

    • Webinar: Principles of genomic testing

    • Case study (part 1)

    • Case study (part 1 question)

    • Case study (part 1 answer)

    • Case study (part 2)

    • Case study (part 2 answer)

    • Case study (part 3)

    • Case study (part 3 question)

    • Case study (part 3 answer)

    • Case study (part 4)

    • Case study (part 4 answer)

    • Case study (part 5)

    • Case study (part 5 question)

    • Case study (part 5 answer)

    • Case study (part 6)

    • Case study (part 6 question)

    • Case study (part 6 answer)

    • Learning recap

    • Summary

  • 5

    Precision Oncology (Part 1) - Clinical Applications

    • Learning objectives

    • Quiz

    • Introduction

    • Evolution of cancer

    • Gene and variant specific targets

    • Mutational signatures

    • Tumour mutational burden and immunotherapy

    • Intratumour heterogeneity

    • Incidental findings

    • Genomic Tumour Advisory Boards

    • Learning recap

    • Summary

  • 6

    Conclusion

    • Conclusion

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