International Genomics Education and Training Summit

A landmark event to explore the challenges and opportunities of educating the international healthcare workforce in genomics

NHS England’s National Genomics Education programme and Genomics Unit, in collaboration with an international steering group, has established the International Genomics Education and Training Summit.

This invitation-only two-day event will take place on 27-28 November 2023 at the Wellcome Genome Campus in Cambridge, UK.

The summit will be hosted by Professor Dame Sue Hill, Chief Scientific Officer and Senior Responsible Officer for Genomics, NHS England, and Professor Kate Tatton-Brown, Clinical Director and Head of the National Genomics Education programme, NHS England.

Key aims

The aims of the international summit are to:

  1. understand the workforce drivers to the establishment of a genomics-based healthcare system;
  2. share and develop approaches to the rapid and differential upskilling of the healthcare workforce to adopt genomic medicine;
  3. identify the barriers, across a range of countries and healthcare systems, to the adoption of genomic medicine specifically related to workforce issues;
  4. share and develop approaches to the evaluation of the impact of genomics education and training interventions;
  5. build and develop a global community of practice with ongoing sharing of genomics education and training expertise and experience; and
  6. develop a mechanism to share resources.

Steering group membership

The membership of the International Genomics Education and Training Summit steering group comprises representatives from countries and organisations across the world.

Professor Dame Sue Hill

Chief Scientific Officer and Senior Responsible Officer for Genomics | NHS England, UK

Professor Kate Tatton-Brown

Clinical Director and Head of the National Genomics Education programme | NHS England, UK

Professor Clara Gaff

Executive Director | Melbourne Genomics, Australia

Workforce Program Lead | Australian Genomics

Dr Catalina Lopez-Correa

Chief Scientific Officer | Genome Canada

Dr Gabriela Repetto

Director, Rare Diseases Program | Facultad de Medicina, Clinica Alemana Universidad del Desarrollo, Chile

Professor Sarka Pospisilova

Vice-Rector for Research and Doctorial Studies | Masaryk University, Czech Republic

Dr Victoria Nembaware

Project Manager, Sickle Africa Data Coordinating Center, Division of Human Genetics | University of Cape Town, South Africa

Professor Vajira Dissanayake

Dean of the Faculty and Chair in the Department of Anatomy, Genetics and Biomedical Informatics | University of Colombo, Sri Lanka

Dr Mikaela Friedman

External Relations Officer | Genomic Medicine Sweden, Karolinska Institutet, Sweden

Dr Michelle Bishop

Associate Director, Learning and Training | Wellcome Connecting Science, UK

Amanda Pichini

Clinical Lead for Genetic Counselling | Genomics England, UK

Dr Teri Manolio

Director, Division of Genomic Medicine | National Human Genome Research Institute, USA

Tejinder K Rakhra-Burris

President and Chief Executive Officer | Global Genomic Medicine Collaborative, USA

Summit programme

The summit programme takes places across two days – see highlights, below. Attendees will receive a detailed guide to the sessions, presentations, workshops and other summit activities.

Day 1: Monday 27 November

Session 1: Sharing genomics education and training practice and challenges from around the world

Session 2: The patient and family perspective

Workshop 1: Genomics education in differing healthcare contexts: what are the challenges, opportunities and solutions?

Day 2: Tuesday 28 November

Session 3: Pedagogic research and developing approaches to measure success

Session 4: Next steps and establishing global partnerships

Workshop 2: Considering approaches to measuring success and evaluating the impact of education and training

Workshop 3: Establishing a global genomics education and training network

Patient voices

Patient-centred healthcare starts with patient-informed education and training, ensuring that the current and future workforce gain an understanding that goes beyond clinical expertise.

With this in mind, the organisers want to make sure the patient voice plays a central role in the summit. We are delighted to feature patient and family experiences regularly throughout the event, including a range of filmed interviews, which are available to view below.

Australia: Diagnosis day

Patients and families talk about receiving their genomic diagnoses in this short film produced by the Melbourne Genomics Health Alliance and Genetic Support Network Victoria.

Chile: Patient odysseys

María José discusses her family’s history of hereditary cancer and Trinidad talks about her daughter Constanza’s Rett syndrome diagnosis in a film by Universidad del Desarrollo.

Czech Republic: Novel ETV6 variant

Jakub talks about the the impact of a genomic diagnosis and his life-saving allogeneic bone
marrow transplant in a film by Masaryk University and University Hospital Brno.

England, UK: Three perspectives

Isobel, Loretta and Tom share their unique experiences of genomic testing and receiving a diagnosis in this short film developed by NHS England’s National Genomic Education programme.

USA: Vital diagnoses

Sherry, Michelle and Cathie discuss their children’s healthcare journeys after being diagnosed with Tatton-Brown-Rahman syndrome (TBRS) in a film produced by the TBRS Community.

Further information

If you have any questions about the international summit, please contact the team.