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Genomic Practice for Genetic Counsellors

06 - 08 February 2018Wellcome Genome Campus, Hinxton, UK
Deadlines (at 23:59 UTC):
  • Bursary and Application Deadline Closed

  • Summary

    We are pleased to announce the fourth in our series of courses for
    genetic counsellors. 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

    Attendees will have the opportunity to work with sequence data and
    explore how it is created, analysed and delivered. The programme begins
    with a refresher session on molecular genetics, which will offer an
    overview of the terminology and concepts that will be built upon in the

    The course is suitable for practising genetic counsellors both in the UK
    and internationally. The course has been designed so that it is relevant
    for use by genetic counsellors in their GCRB registration. We also
    welcome applications from nurses delivering genetic healthcare. To
    optimize discussions and interactions, numbers are limited; therefore,
    early application is advised. Please note that we may need to limit the
    number of places allocated to each centre/institute to increase diversity
    on the course.


    Following attendance of this course, participants will be able to:

    • Describe genomic terms
      including: reference sequence, EXAC, synonymous, transcript,
      haploinsufficiency .
    • Explain and discuss the
      basic principles of how genomic sequencing is done.
    • Anticipate issues that might
      arise around informed consent for an exploratory sequence.
    • Make judgments about
      appropriateness of single gene, targeted panel or whole sequence analysis,
      based upon clinical questions.
    • Assess and critique the use
      of a variety of visualization tools and databases, such as DECIPHER.
    • Contribute effectively to discussions
      on variant interpretation during multidisciplinary team meetings.
    • Describe and critically
      evaluate the current role of genomics in healthcare.
  • Programme

    The course will start at 11.00 on Tuesday 6 February and close at
    approximately 15.00 on Thursday 8 February 2018.

    Topics will include:

    • Refresher on molecular genetics
    • The role of genomics in healthcare
    • Sequencing and bioinformatics – what does the genetic counsellor need to know?
    • Choosing what to test for and taking consent
    • Sequencing and analysis
    • Variant interpretation
    • Visualising and reporting genomic data

    There will also be a guided tour of the sequencing facilities and data
    centre at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute.

    This is a residential course. All particicpants are requested to stay
    onsite for the full duration to benefit fully from discussions and
    interactions with the faculty and other students.

    A draft programme will be available shortly.

  • Instructors / Speakers

    Scientific programme committee
    Anna Middleton Wellcome Genome Campus,
    Georgie Hall
    St Mary’s Hospital Manchester, UK
    Marion McAllister
    Cardiff University, UK
    Christine Patch
    King’s College London/Genomics England, UK

    Confirmed tutors
    Gemma Chandratillake University of Cambridge, UK
    Julia Foreman Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, UK
    Georgie Hall St Mary’s Hospital Manchester,
    Sue Kenwrick Cambridge University Hospitals, UK
    Marion McAllister Cardiff University, UK
    Anna Middleton Wellcome Genome Campus, UK
    Chris Patch King’s College London/Genomics England,
    Simon Ramsden St Mary’s Hospital Manchester, UK
    Andrew Read University of Manchester, UK
    Steve Scott Wellcome Genome Campus, UK

    Event organiser
    Laura Hubbard Wellcome Genome Campus, UK

  • How to Apply


    Registration with Twin Accommodation  £239
    Registration with Single Accommodation  £304

    The fees include accommodation, meals and lectures for the duration of
    the course. The fee will be requested once acceptance is confirmed.

    This is a residential course. All participants will stay at The Wellcome
    Genome Campus Conference Centre, Hinxton, Cambridge, for the nights of 6
    and 7 February 2018. For twin accommodation,  roommates will be
    allocated on a gender basis.

    If you wish to book onsite accommodation either side of the summer
    school/course dates, please contact the Conference

    Application deadline: 21 November 2017

    Travel visas
    Please contact the event organiser if you require a letter to support a
    travel visa application. Note that letters will be provided to confirmed

    Non-European Economic Area or Swiss nationals may be required to have a
    visa to enter the UK.
    Early application is strongly advised, as this process can take 6-8 weeks
    or longer.

    Please visit the following websites for further information:
    UK Border Agency website or view
    information for general visitor visas.

  • Bursaries

    A limited number of registration bursaries are
    available to attend this course (up to 50% of the

    The following documents will need to be provided:

    • CV
    • Covering letter
    • Letter from supervisor

    To apply, please contact the event organiser.

    Bursary deadline: 21 November 2017

  • Sponsors

    We would like to thank the following organisation for supporting this