18-20 December 2018, hosted by the Board of Genetic Counselling, Hyderabad, Telangana, India.
This 3 day event was organized by the Board of Genetic Counselling India with the sole aim of providing practicing and trainee genetic counselors opportunity for learning and enhancing skills in genetic counseling with specific focus on current trends in genomics led clinical practice. The UK Faculty, led by Professor Kumar, delivered key note lectures and engaged in interactive discussions on new emerging aspects of genetic and genomic counseling.
The highlight of this event was to take in depth look into current training opportunities across India for genetic counselors as a new healthcare profession. Dr. Anita Singh, Senior Director, representing the non-statutory Healthcare Sector Council on behalf of the Government of India led the discussion on the structure and organization of the Genetic Counselling in India as a specialist healthcare profession. The Board of Genetic Counselling of India is now committed for defining skills required by practicing and new genetic cousellors in line with the International standards and guidelines. The GMF-UK is taking the lead in this important exercise through establishing new contacts with the UK Association for Genetic Nurses and Counsellors (AGNC), affiliated with the British Society of Genetic Medicine.