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Dr Mary Frances Lyon 1925 – 2014

It is with sadness that I learned today of the death on 25th December 2014 of Dr Mary Lyon FRS. I had only recently written about her, as someone who had been a source of inspiration to me during my … Continue reading

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Sigma Theta Tau International 2nd Regional European Conference, Gothenburg

This three day conference, from 16th-18th June, attracting around 180 delegates from 27 countries, focused on leadership, learning and research in nursing and midwifery. As a member of the conference planning committee, it was good to see how the two … Continue reading

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Cancer genetic testing to become a routine part of cancer care

This month has seen the launch of the Mainstreaming Cancer Genetics programme. Led by the Institute of Cancer Research, in partnership with the Royal Marsden Foundation NHS Trust, the Wellcome Trust and Illumina, the three year programme aims to make … Continue reading

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25th ISONG Conference at Philadelphia

The 25th Conference of the International Society of Nurses in Genetics was held this year in Philadelphia on October 26-27, a few days ahead of Storm Sandy. There was the usual excellent mix of keynote, plenary and parallel speakers, and … Continue reading

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ESHG/EMPAG 2012 at Nürnberg, or Bratwurst: what you eat and when you eat it

The European Society of Human Genetics Annual Conference/ European Meeting on Psychosocial Aspects of Genetics Biannual Conference was held at Nürnberglast week. This is a huge and very well organised conference of well over 2,200 delegates. Emma and I attended … Continue reading

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Equity of access to genetic services – international perspectives

The 23rd annual conference of the International Society of Nurses in Genetics is being held in Dallas, Texas this week.  I’m attending to present a paper on our Fit for Practice in the Genetics/Genomics Era work and present a poster … Continue reading

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Genetics and Genomics ‘State-side’

This week I’m heading across ‘the pond’ to the United States for a two week visit. I’m being hosted by Jean Jenkins [Senior Clinical Advisor to the Director, National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), National Institutes of Health (NIH)] and … Continue reading


BSHG at Warwick

This month saw the annual conference of the British Society for Human Genetics take place at the University of Warwick. As usual the NHS National Genetics Education and Development Centre had an exhibition stand. Lead for the Nursing Professions Programme, … Continue reading

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How often do you cry at conferences?

My career spans well over 30 years and in that time I’ve been to numerous scientific/health conferences and listened to eminent speakers present leading edge research. I’ve been impressed by facts, figures, charts, and fabulously colourful diagrams (molecular geneticists seem … Continue reading

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Huntington’s disease prevalence under-estimated

It has been widely reported this week that the prevalence of Huntington’s disease has been ‘massively underestimated and is more than double the current estimates’ (see BMJ for more details ). This indicates that prevalence is around at least 12-14 … Continue reading

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