Genomic Practice for Genetic Counsellors (Virtual Course)

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31 January, 2022 - 2 February, 2022

General Information

This course aims to meet the training needs of genetic counsellors as they upskill in response to the roll-out of genomic sequencing in the clinic.

The programme will focus on the fundamental aspects of genomics and bioinformatics that underpin clinical practice. There will be a particular emphasis on learning how to do variant interpretation. For example, the course include several hands-on sessions that will focus on the use of the DECIPHER database, and the identification of variants in cancer and cardiac disorders. Attendees will have the opportunity to work with sequence data and explore how it is created, analysed and delivered. The course will include discussions on the role of genomics in healthcare and the role of genetic counselling in how genomic healthcare is delivered.

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At the end of this course, participants should be able to:

  • Describe and critically evaluate the current role of genomics in healthcare.
  • Assess and critique the use of a variety of visualization tools and databases, such as DECIPHER.
  • Perform a basic variant interpretation process for discussion with other professionals.
  • Contribute effectively to discussions on variant interpretation during a multidisciplinary team meeting.
  • Discuss the role of genetic counselling in the future applications of genomics in different healthcare systems worldwide.

Meeting organisers:

Wellcome Connecting Science