Second World Congress on Genetic Counseling: An introduction to the special issue

This article, co-authored by Chris, was published in a special issue of the Journal of Genetic Counseling, devoted to the Second World Congress on Genetic Counselling
1st February 2021

Excerpt from article

This Journal of Genetic Counseling Special Issue highlights invited papers that reflect emerging themes discussed at the second World Congress on Genetic Counseling, held at the Wellcome Genome Campus in Hinxton, United Kingdom, in October 2019. Reflecting on the Congress at the end of 2020, in a changed world, the authors recall the excitement of sharing an auditorium with nearly 200 genetic counselors from 26 countries. Presentations highlighted the remarkable advances in genomic science and with them, the expanding opportunities for genetic counseling and related research. We further recall various tensions generated by a rapidly expanding genetic counseling profession that is seeking to upscale and increase our reach and to maintain and grow our roles as counselors, while remaining true to the ethical foundations of the profession. As genetic counselors create novel opportunities to use the tools of genomic science, we aim to retain the priority to facilitate therapeutic counseling with individuals and families who are living with or at risk for inherited conditions.


McEwan A, Patch C, Biesecker B (2021) Second World Congress on Genetic Counseling: An introduction to the special issue. Journal of Genetic Counseling, vol. 30, issue 1, pp 5-6