Speech by Professor Richard Cotton at a Function in Support of the Human Variome Project hosted by the Governor of Victoria
Professor and Mrs de Kretser, Members of Parliament and other distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen---
First, I would like to thank Professor and Mrs de Kretser for hosting this function on behalf of the Human Variome Project and in fact those families with inherited diseases. These diseases are often invisible and under-resourced in the community. The project, large but necessary, aims to collect all faults in all genes and their effects from all countries.
Second, I would like to thank all those both in Australia and in over 30 countries the world over, including the World Health Organisation and UNESCO, who have given enthusiastic and passionate support to the Human Variome Project. This support has been given because the benefits the project will deliver, are essential for proper genetic healthcare, and indeed this support grows daily. Many of the enthusiastic Australian supporters are in the room today and we thank them all.
Finally, I would like to thank people who are involved with critical project to show how this project can be accomplished. Professor Finlay Macrae of the Royal Melbourne Hospital leads an international effort on inherited colon cancer genes and Professor john Coghlan who chairs a project for Australia, funded by the Federal Government and which is driven by Heather Howard. David Abraham from the CASS Foundation is thanked for chairing the support group.
I now would like to introduce Professor Ingrid Winship, Professor of Adult Genetics, University of Melbourne to explain why the Human Variome Project is essential for the proper delivery of genetic healthcare.