Study participants are unparalleled in their altruism and willingness to engage in Genuity Science’s research for the benefit of science and future generations. Without these volunteers, our research would not be possible – it’s therefore incumbent upon us to ensure we not only give back but that we also pay it forward.
The Genuity Science Public Impact Programs are focused in three primary areas:
We support a number of research efforts to promote discovery and improve human health in the future. Our support takes many different forms, from providing funding and charitable contributions to offering philanthropic lab and sequencing services, research stewardship and/or on-site education and training.
Promoting Genomics and Science Education
Genuity Science has an active and growing outreach program to increase and enhance the public’s knowledge and understanding of genomics and to promote STEM learning. We also offer guided tours of our Genomics Centre and laboratory in Dublin to students and the general public.
Supporting Our Communities
Genuity Science team members dedicate their time and talents both in and outside of office hours to support and stay connected to the communities in which we live and work. Sponsored staff volunteer days take place throughout the year. In 2019 alone, we proudly supported twelve non-profit organizations.
STEAM Education and Genuity Science
Supporting and enhancing education for children in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM)
Dr. Karl Haslam, Assoc. Director of the Genomics Centre & Dr. Eppie Jones, Bioinformatician on the Rare Disease team
Experts from industry and academia support children at primary school level
Genuity Science partnered with STEAM Education as part of their primary school program which aims to bring the study of Genomics into the classroom.
Genomics is a challenging topic to grasp for younger age groups, so Genuity Science is delighted to support STEAM Education by adopting creative and fun ways to teach kids about genomics and science, and get them excited about it. The interactive and engaging nature of the STEAM Education program provides a rewarding experience for both students and teachers.
Eppie and Karl were co-teachers of the 10-week Science-in-a-Box Programme in St. Columbanus N.S. in Dublin, generating passion for STEAM learning among 5th and 6th class students and the next generation of STEAM professionals.
In April 2020, our Dublin lab began operating 7-days a week to support the Health Service Executive (HSE) and National Virus Reference Laboratory UCD (NVRL) in Ireland with the formulation and delivery of reagents which helped to ramp up COVID-19 testing from 1,500 to 10,000 tests per day. This effort, which delivered 200,000 reagents, was a critical to support rapid analysis of samples and a quicker turn-around of test results to clinicians.
Gratis Genomic Sequencing to Empower Research
Genuity Science is supporting international COVID-19 research with support from Illumina, by sequencing genomes free of charge from study participants infected with coronavirus across Ireland. This support has been provided to researchers working to identify protective and risk-bearing genetic factors for COVID-19 and consented anonymized datasets will be shared with other authorized researchers through EMBL’s European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) European Genome-phenome Archive (EGA) database.
Advanced Analysis Services to Help Find Answers
Through our advanced data analysis and AI services, Genuity Science is supporting global research on cases of COVID-19. This research is examining how underlying genetics contribute to how severely the coronavirus may impact an individual and will help in determining the prognosis of patients impacted by the virus.
The SFI Centre for Research Training in Genomics Data Science
The SFI Centre for Research Training in Genomics Data Science is a Science Foundation Ireland-funded center that focuses on providing a unique and robust training program for PhD students.
SFI Centres for Research Training in Genomics Data Science Video by Science Foundation Ireland
Located at NUI Galway in the west of Ireland and under the direction of Professor Cathal Seoighe, the program will produce a cohort of highly-trained scientists who will be able to effectively engage and find solutions to the data science challenges we face in realizing the potential impact genomics will have on the future of health and society.
The education program invited collaboration from over 70 genomics data science group leaders across five institutions in Ireland.
As one of the supporting partners, Genuity Science will host a number of PhD students, who will be working on projects related to genomics of common and rare diseases.
In supporting this program, Genuity Science is contributing to the training of a generation of highly-qualified PhD graduates to effectively demonstrate the collective potential of genomics and data science.
We built prosthetic hands that will change the lives of an amputee affected by landmines and other hazards in developing countries. Since its inception, Helping Hands has built and distributed over 50,000 prostheses worldwide.
We took part in the Cooking4Families program in the Ronald McDonald House. This program involved shopping, preparing and cooking for families staying in RMH whose children are ill in Crumlin Hospital in Dublin.