Understanding Rare
Chromosome and Gene Disorders
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Francesca Wicks BSc(Hons)

I was thrilled to join the Unique team as a part-time Information Officer in August 2019. My role is to answer queries from families and professionals, provide information about specific rare chromosome and single gene disorders and help match families on the basis of their rare chromosome disorder, symptoms or treatments.

I worked closely with Unique during my previous role as IMAGINE ID (Intellectual Disability and Mental Health: Assessing the Genomic Impact on Neurodevelopment) Research Assistant and Study Coordinator at the University of Cambridge. 3,400 individuals with rare chromosome and single gene disorders joined the research study looking at behaviour, development and mental health. I was able to see first-hand how valuable being a part of Unique was for so many families and I had the pleasure of attending several family days.

I am very passionate about supporting people and empowering them with information. I have a varied professional background having studied and worked in Medical Biochemistry, Palliative and End-of-Life Care, and most recently, Genetics and Genomics. Alongside my part-time role with Unique, I will be studying an MSc in Genetic and Genomic Counselling at Cardiff University. I look forward to speaking to and meeting many more Unique families.