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The Spanish Genetic Counselling Society is born

[10/05/11]

On 30th March SEAGen (The Spanish Society of Genetic Counselling) was presented as part of the XXVI National Congress on Human Genetics, which was held in Murcia. This is the first society of its kind in this country and was created by a group of participants from the Master in Genetic Counselling offered by IDEC-Universitat Pompeu Fabra.

Important advances in genetics in recent decades and its rapid application to clinical practice, as well as the lack of recognition of the profession in Spain, as well as the lack of training requirements established by professionals in the field, were the motives which moved these professionals to create the association.

The Spanish Society of Genetic Counselling was founded with the idea of bringing together different professionals working as genetic counsellors, or those who are interested in the area due to their profession. It also seeks to promote the development of the profession in Spain as well as specialised training in this area.

It is hoped that SEAGen will become a benchmark for professionals and associations in genetic counselling, working closely with key societies in the field, such as the Spanish Association of Human Genetics, The European Network of Genetic Counsellors and the Transnational Alliance of Genetic Counselling.

To date, statutes and other procedures associated with the constitution of the association have been established, as well as work groups in different areas to promote the association in professional circles which may be interested.

IDEC-Universitat Pompeu Fabra is a pioneering centre in offering its Master in Genetic Counselling, a two-year training programme which develops internationally required professional skills and which offers qualified professional practice as a genetic counsellor.

Click here for more information about the Spanish Society of Genetic Counselling.

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