Advances in genomic sequencing technology are promising a revolution in how diseases are diagnosed and treated.  Understanding how these advances are managed and communicated to patients, families and wider society will benefit from empirical genetic counselling research.

This new conference will provide a forum that facilitates active engagement between international researchers and practitioners to explore the evidence that guides genetic counselling and the communication of genetics in mainstream medicine, thereby enhancing clinical practice. The conference will bring together genetic counsellors, other practicing clinicians (genetic nurses, clinical/medical geneticists, and others using genetic technology in their practice) and academics (social scientists, psychologists and geneticists). 

The programme will follow the ’patient journey’ through the counselling process, starting with how people understand genetics before they become patients, how their initial conversations with genetics services are conducted, how communication theory guides practice, through to what counts as success in genetic counselling. We will explore new approaches to facilitate communication around genetic information, discuss the current challenges in obtaining consent when combining clinical care and research, and debate the relevance of communication theory in modern genetic counselling practice. There will also be a session on the ethical, legal and social aspects of counselling and a discussion on the research priorities for the field.

This conference has been awarded awarded 12 hours of Continuing Professional Development time for use in registration and renewal of registration by Genetic Counsellor Registration Board (GCRB) UK and Republic of Ireland.

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