Wellcome Advanced Courses and Scientific Conferences – Genomic Practice for Genetic Counsellors

Artistic representation of a DNA double helix
28 January, 2019 - 30 January, 2019

Wellcome Genome Campus, Hinxton, Cambridge, CB10 1RQ, UK

General Information

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

The programme will provide an introduction to the fundamental aspects of genomics and bioinformatics that underpin clinical practice. It will focus on the use of sequencing in relation to diagnostics and has been designed specifically by genetic counsellors for genetic counsellors. There will be a particular focus on learning how to do variant interpretation. For example, workshops will focus on the use of the DECIPHER database, and the identification of variants in cancer and eye disorders.

Attendees will have the opportunity to work with sequence data and explore how it is created, analysed and delivered. The course is suitable for genetic counsellors practising in the UK or internationally.

Meeting organisers:



Gemma Chandratillake – University of Cambridge, UK
Helen Firth  – Cambridge University Hospitals, UK
Julia Foreman –  Wellcome Sanger Institute, UK
Heather Pierce  – Cambridge University Hospitals, UK
Simon Ramsden –  Central Manchester University Hospitals, UK
Andrew Read – University of Manchester, UK
Steve Scott  – Wellcome Genome Campus, UK