The GMF-UK sponsored a large team of eight overseas Faculty for the 4th International Conference on Birth Defects. This major event, the main engagement of the 2018 round of the Indo-UK Genetic Education Forum, is the biennial conference organized by the Society of the Indian Academy of Medical Genetics. The three days event included key note lecture delivered by Prof. Dian Donnai from Manchester and series of plenary lectures and a number of educational sessions. Professor Kumar delivered the prestigious ‘Dr. S. S. Agarwal Oration’, held annually in honour of the Late Dr. Agarwal, the founder of medical genetics in India.
The conference included three educational interactive workshops on genetic counseling for rare diseases, cardiovascular genetics and cancer genetics. Overall, the conference was a huge success and brought much closer teams from India and UK/ Netherlands. The conference also served as an effective platform for the new UK India Genomic Medicine Alliance attracting a number of established and new medical genetic centres and Institutes to work closely on genomic applications in medicine and healthcare.