World Congress on Genetic Counselling

04 - 06 October 2017Wellcome Genome Campus, Hinxton, UK
Deadlines (at 23:59 UTC):
  • Bursary Deadline Closed
  • Abstract Deadline Closed
  • Registration Deadline Closed

  • Summary

    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.

  • Programme

    The conference will start at approximately 13.00 on 4 October and close
    at approximately 14.00 on Friday 6 October 2017.

    Topics will include:

    • How the public engage with genetics
    • Becoming a patient: the first conversations about genomics
    • Counselling under scrutiny
    • An evidence base behind counselling
    • Outcome measurements
    • Communication models in genetic counselling
    • Ethical and social issues
    • The future of the genetic counselling profession

    The programme is available.

  • Organisers / Speakers

    Scientific programme committee
    Barbara Biesecker
    National Human Genome
    Research Institute, USA
    Anna Middleton Wellcome Genome Campus,
    Christine Patch King’s College London and
    Genomics England, UK

    Keynote speakers
    Bob Resta Swedish Medical Centre,
    Clara Gaff Melbourne Genomics Alliance,

    Confirmed speakers
    Jehannine Austin University of British Columbia, Canada
    Netherlands Cancer Institute, The Netherlands
    Vicky Chico
    Sheffield University, UK
    Tara Clancy University of Manchester, UK
    Sandi Dheensa University of Southampton,
    The Hospital for Sick Children, Canada
    Heidi Howard Uppsala University, Sweden

    Robin Lee University of California San
    Francisco, USA
    Sylvia Metcalfe University of Melbourne,
    Alison Metcalfe King’s College London, UK

    Katherine Payne University of Manchester,
    Jon Roberts Wellcome Genome Campus, UK
    Tina-Marie Wessles University of Cape Town,
    South Africa

    Conference organiser
    Laura Hubbard Wellcome Genome Campus, UK

  • Registration / Accommodation

    Registration Fees:

    Student No accommodation £297
    Student On site twin accommodation £401
    Student On site single accommodation £467
    Academic/NHS employee/Genetic counsellor No accommodation £397
    Academic/NHS employee/Genetic counsellor On site twin accommodation £501
    Academic/NHS employee/Genetic counsellor On site single accommodation £567
    Commercial No accommodation £497
    Commercial On site twin accommodation £601
    Commercial On site single accommodation £667

    The registration fee includes entrance to the lectures and poster
    sessions, an abstract book, meals (lunch and dinner) and refreshments
    during the conference. Breakfast will be provided for delegates who have
    booked accommodation.

    Registration deadline: Closed

    Accommodation – Onsite has sold out!
    Accommodation is provided for the nights of 4 and 5 October 2017. Please
    note: there is limited onsite accommodation and this will be allocated on
    a first-come, first-served basis. Therefore, early registration is

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

    Accommodation at the Red Lion in Hinxton and Holiday Inn Express, Duxford has also sold
    . A shuttle to and from the Conference Centre will be
    provided. Please contact the conference organiser for alternative

    Travel visas
    Contact the conference organiser if you require a letter to support a
    travel visa application. Please note: letters will only be provided to
    confirmed registrants.

    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:

    Information for general visitors and business visitors:

  • Abstracts

    We welcome abstracts from all areas relevant to the main themes of the
    meeting, for both oral and poster presentations. Several oral
    presentations will be chosen from the abstracts submitted.

    Abstracts will only be considered from registered delegates. Please use our online abstract submission system and follow the instructions given to ensure your abstract is submitted correctly. All abstracts must be submitted by the deadline. If you are intending to submit more than one abstract, please contact the conference organiser prior to registration.

    The scientific programme committee will assess your abstract after the
    deadline has passed and you will be notified whether you have been
    selected for an oral or poster presentation.

    Poster boards onsite will accommodate 118 cm high by 84 cm wide (A0-
    portrait) of printed material. Accepted abstracts will appear in the
    conference programme book and poster boards will be allocated at the

    Abstract deadline: Closed

    Abstract guidelines can be viewed here.

  • Bursaries

    A limited
    number of registration bursaries/scholarships are available to attend this conference (up to 50% of the registration fee).
    These have been provided by Genomics England, Association of Genetic Nurses and Counsellors (AGNC), National Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC) and Wellcome
    Genome Campus Scientific Conferences.

    following information will need to be provided:

    • Confirmation of membership
      (for AGNC* and NSGC bursaries/scholarships)
    • Abstract/clinical case
    • Letter justifying why
      you should be awarded a bursary

    maximum of one AGNC bursary will be available per Genetic Centre. Applicants
    will be considered
    on a first-come first-served basis.

    encourage bursary applicants to submit an abstract for consideration as a
    poster or short oral presentation. Although not mandatory, applicants who
    submit an abstract may be prioritised depending on the number of bursary applications

    for non-AGNC members will be prioritised on a first-come first-served basis. First priority will be given to genetic counsellors or researchers working in
    the genetic counselling arena, second priority will be given to applicants
    who can clearly articulate why financial support is necessary.

    To apply, please contact the conference organiser.

    Bursary deadline: Closed

  • Sponsors

    We thank the following organisations for their support: