From Genetic Counselling, Ethics, Nursing, Society


The second iteration of the WCGC was co-designed by the Society and Ethics Research Group along with the rest of the Connecting Science teams


2nd October 2019

Congress description from event website:

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.

The second world congress on genetic counselling 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 genetic counsellors together with:

-Clinicians (genetic nurses, clinical/medical geneticists, and others using genetic technology in their practice)
-Academics (social scientists, psychologists and geneticists)

The programme will explore, empirically, what is at the heart of genetic counselling; and will also question whether genetic counselling can ever be substituted with ChatBots. We will explore professional and leadership issues and discuss what counts as success in genetic counselling.

We will seek CPD points from the relevant accreditation and registration bodies.

The conference is delivered in partnership with the Society and Ethics Research Group at Wellcome Genome Campus and the Association of Genetic Nurses and Counsellors (UK and Republic of Ireland)

Programme committee:
Jehannine Austin – The University of Bristish Columbia, Canada
Barbara Biesecker – RTI International, USA
Clara Gaff – University of Melbourne, Australia
Anna Middleton – Wellcome Genome Campus, UK
Christine Patch – King’s College London, UK


Related Link:


Connecting Science 2019, World Congress on Genetic Counselling, 2 - 4 October. Wellcome Genome Campus, Cambridge, UK