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Genomic Practice for Genetic Counsellors

02 - 04 February 2021Wellcome Genome Campus, UK
Deadlines (at 23:59 UTC):
  • Application and bursary deadline 10 November 2020

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The fundamental aspects of genomics and bioinformatics that underpin clinical practice

  • Summary

    We are pleased to announce the seventh in our series of courses on genetic counselling. This course aims to meet the training needs of genetic counsellors, and nurses providing genetic healthcare, as they upskill in response to the roll-out of genomic sequencing in the clinic. This year’s course will focus on the practical applications of genomics with several ‘hands-on’ workshop sessions.

    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.

    The course is suitable for genetic counsellors practising in the UK or internationally. We also welcome applications from nurses or clinicians delivering genetic healthcare. Previous participants may wish to return to this course as the focus on practical application will enable them to develop their skills further. The course has been designed so that it is relevant for use by genetic counsellors in the UK and Ireland in their GCRB registration.

    To optimize discussions and interactions, numbers are limited. Please note that we may need to limit the number of places allocated to each centre/institute to increase diversity on the course.

  • Programme

    The course will start at 11.00 on 2 February and close at approximately 15.30 on 4 February 2021.

    The following topics will be covered:

    • The role of genomics in healthcare
    • Cancer genomics
    • Cardiac genomics
    • Testing in the real world
    • Variant interpretation
    • Functional studies and analysis
    • Visualising and reporting genomic data
    • The (future) role of genetic counsellors in genomic healthcare

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

    A refresher of genomics will not be provided this year – we will provide participants with reading material prior to attending the course.

  • Learning outcomes

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

    • Describe and critically evaluate the current role of genomics in healthcare.
    • Anticipate issues that might arise around informed consent for an exploratory sequence.
    • 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 multidisciplinary team meetings.
    • Discuss the role and impact direct-to-consumer testing.
  • Instructors and speakers

    Course instructors

    Catherine Houghton

    Catherine Houghton
    Liverpool Women's NHS Foundation Trust, UK

    Nicki Taverner

    Nicki Taverner
    Cardiff University and All Wales Medical Genetics Service, UK

    Gemma Chandratilake

    Gemma Chandratilake
    University of Cambridge, UK


    A list of confirmed speakers will be available shortly.

    ACSC team

    Amanda Fletcher– Conference & Events Organiser
    Treasa Creavin – Scientific Programme Manager

  • Cost and bursaries
    Cost Accommodation / meals
    *Course fee £TBA This is a residential course and the fee includes all accommodation and meals.

    *The course fee is subsidised by Wellcome Genome Campus Advanced Courses and Scientific Conferences and applies to non-commercial applicants. Please contact us for the commercial fee.


    A limited number of registration bursaries are available to attend this course (up to 50% of the standard registration fee) from Wellcome Genome Campus Scientific Conferences.

    The following documents will need to be provided:

    • CV
    • A justification letter (explain how you will benefit from attending the course)
    • A supporting letter from supervisor stating financial need

    To apply, please send the above documents to the event organiser by the bursary deadline. Please ensure you have completed the online application before applying for a bursary.

    Application and Bursary deadline: 10 November 2020

    Additional funding opportunities
    Visit our support page for additional financial support currently available.

    Extra accommodation
    If you wish to book onsite accommodation either side of the course dates, please contact the Conference Centre directly.

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  • How to apply

    Applicants should be genetic counsellors or nurses providing genetic counselling in a healthcare setting.

    How to Apply
    Please complete the online application form. Places are limited and will be awarded on merit.

    Travel visas
    Successful applicants will be provided with a support letter for their visa application, if required.

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  • Testimonials

    Feedback from the 2018 and 2019 courses:

    “I really enjoyed entire experience – very good team of lecturers, excellent IT support and friendly staff”

    “The hands-on workshops were great, learnt practical tips and information that I could use in my clinical practice”

    “I think it was all perfectly pitched at the right level for experienced genetic counsellors. It has given me more insight and the skills to go off and look further into the course content in regards to variant interpretation”

    “This is one of the best courses I have been on recently and the standard of lectures was exceptional. I will highly recommend it. It was great to have a course tailored specifically to GC practice. It was very beneficial to gain insight into the experiences of GCs across the UK and overseas in relation to genomic counselling and it was hugely positive to see the central role GCs are playing in genomic practice and in progression of the GC profession”