Genetic Counselling: Practice and Genomics (GENC5009)


This unit aims to further develop understanding of the complex underpinning of genetics science and the broader genomics science and its current and future applications. An introduction to the next generation genetic technologies, laboratory issues and web data sources and critical appraisal of studies of Association and Relative Risk for their relevance to genetic counselling will be provided. The unit also examines clinical applications of genetic and genomic technologies in a range of contexts from the prenatal, paediatric and adult (e.g. cardiology) settings. The current and future implications and potential for treatment and management arising from these developments will also be presented. The students will explore how their role may develop as genetics moves into mainstream medicine and the challenges that may be faced. Finally, students will explore challenges likely to be encountered due to the rapid developments and applications including array technologies, whole genome scans and exome sequencing.

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17 x 1.5h lectures/tutorials. SMS-Northern, Kolling Institute, Royal North Shore Hospital, St Leonards


Essay (50%); exam (50%)


Andrew Read D. Donnai. New Clinical Genetics. Second edition 2010.
R Trent Molecular Medicine: Genomics to Personalized Healthcare 2012 Academic Press
PHG Foundation (2011) Next Steps in the Sequence the implications of whole genome sequencing for health in the UK

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Completion of all Stage 1 units of study

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