On May the 23rd, the Phenome Centre Birmingham officially launched with a grand opening and one-day scientific symposium on clinical metabolic phenotyping. The £8M Phenome Centre Birmingham is a large metabolic phenotyping facility led by internationally-recognised metabolomics and clinical experts at the University of Birmingham, in collaboration with Birmingham Health Partners. The centre has been established as part of a UK Stratified Medicine initiative led by the Medical Research Council (MRC) to develop capacity and capability to perform large-scale metabolic phenotyping of the human population for stratified medicine. The centre will work towards improving healthy ageing and disease diagnosis and treatment to enhance patient outcome.
The launch event was held on 23 May 2016 in the Bramall Music Building, University of Birmingham, and included talks by:
- Professor Sir Mark Walport, Chief Scientific Advisor to the UK Government
- Professor Jeremy Nicholson, Director of the National Phenome Centre, Imperial College London
- Graham Silk, Chairman of Hampson Holdings, author of the ‘Silk Report’ commissioned by the Greater Birmingham & Solihull LEP
Additionally, there were talks on the applications of metabolic profiling to human disease and ageing by Professors Arlt and Buckley as well as by CMAR director Professor Janet Lord.