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Integrating Genomics into Nursing Practice & Education 2020

April 27, 2020 @ 1:00 am - April 29, 2020 @ 3:00 pm

WGC Integrating Genomics into Nursing Practice and Education
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Integrating Genomics into Nursing Practice and Education


Integrating Genomics into Nursing Practice and Education

Nurses comprise over 50% of the global healthcare workforce, and have an important role in bringing the benefits of genomics to patients. Despite this, genomics has not been systematically incorporated into nursing teaching curricula, and there have been no significant changes in nursing practice that bring genomics into day-to-day health care.

This inaugural conference aims to address these concerns by focusing on pathways and resources to integrate genomics into clinical practice and nursing education. Overall the conference will focus on three strategic areas:

  • Methods of achieving genomic competency, implementation, and integration into the practice setting, academic preparation, regulatory guidance and policy
  • Mechanisms for international collaborative efforts on nursing genomic integration and evidence-based research
  • International genomic nursing competencies, genomic integration assessment tool (ASIGN), and the G2NA implementation roadmap

The conference will bring together nurses and educators interested in mainstreaming genomics in the areas of education, practice, policy, research and leadership. The format will include presentations from international leaders, panel discussions and debates. Abstracts on all areas of the conference are welcome for poster or oral presentations.


The conference will start at 12 noon on 27 April  and finish at ~2pm on 29 April 2020.

Topics will include:

  • Driving and measuring change
  • Genomic implementation
  • Exemplars in genomic practice integration
  • Genomic education
  • Leadership and collaboration: growing genomic nursing integration from scratch
  • Policy and regulation
  • Public, patient, and family expectations of genomics and the healthcare workforce
  • Action plan for establishing a collaborative genomic nursing competency

Scientific programme committee

Kathleen Calzone

Kathleen Calzone
National Cancer Institute, USA

Sek Ying Chair

Sek Ying Chair
The Nethersole School of Nursing, Hong Kong, China

Emma Tonkin

Emma Tonkin
University of South Wales, UK

Erika Maria Santos

Erika Maria Santos
Hospital Sírio-Libanês, Brazil

Memnun Seven

Memnun Seven
University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA

Keynote speaker

Christine Patch

Christine Patch
Genomics England, UK

Confirmed speakers

Laurie Badzek – Penn State University, USA
Patricia Brennan – Samuel Merritt University, USA
Kathleen Calzone – National Cancer Institute, USA
Sek Ying Chair – The Chinese University of Hong Kong, China
Martina Cornel – Dutch National Patient Alliance for Rare & Genetic Diseases, The Netherlands
Julie Eggert – Nurse Portfolio Credentialing Commission, USA
Greg Feero – Maine-Dartmouth Family Medicine Residency, USA
Candace Henley –  Blue Hat Foundation, USA
Leigh Jackson – Exeter University, UK
Jane Maguire – University of Technology Sydney, Australia
Vicky Nembaware – African Genomic Medicine Training Initiative,  South Africa
Mark Radford – Health Education England, UK
Janice Sigsworth – Imperial College Healthcare, UK
Emma Tonkin – University of South Wales, UK

Scientific Conferences Team

Jemma Hume– Conference & Events Organiser
Treasa Creavin – Scientific Programme Manager

    Early bird discount
(until 4 February)

Standard rate
(after 4 February)
Student/Trainee No accommodation £286.00 £386.00
Student/Trainee On-site twin accommodation £393.00 £493.00
Student/Trainee On-site single accommodation £459.00 £559.00
Academic/Nurse No accommodation £386.00 £486.00
Academic/Nurse On-site twin accommodation £493.00 £593.00
Academic/Nurse On-site single accommodation £559.00 £569.00
Commercial No accommodation £486.00 £586.00
Commercial On-site twin accommodation £593.00 £693.00
Commercial On-site single accommodation £659.00 £759.00

The registration fee includes entrance to the lectures and poster sessions, an abstract book, meals (lunch and dinner) and refreshments during the conference. Breakfast will be provided for delegates who have booked accommodation.

Accommodation is provided for the nights of 27 and 28 April 2020. Please note: there is limited onsite accommodation and this will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Therefore, early registration is recommended.

If you wish to book onsite accommodation either side of the conference dates, please contact the Conference Centre directly.

Travel visas
Contact the conference organiser if you require a letter to support a travel visa application. Please note: letters will only be provided to confirmed registrants.

Non-European Economic Area or Swiss nationals may be required to have a visa to enter the UK.
Early application is strongly advised, as this process can take 6-8 weeks or longer.

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We welcome abstracts from all areas relevant to the main themes of the meeting, for both oral and poster presentations. Several oral presentations will be chosen from the abstracts submitted.

Abstracts will only be considered from registered delegates. Please use our online abstract submission system and follow the instructions given to ensure your abstract is submitted correctly. All abstracts must be submitted by the deadline. If you are intending to submit more than one abstract, please contact the conference organiser prior to registration.

The scientific programme committee will assess your abstract after the deadline has passed and you will be notified whether you have been selected for an oral or poster presentation.

Poster boards onsite will accommodate 118 cm high by 84 cm wide (A0- portrait) of printed material. Accepted abstracts will appear in the conference programme book and poster boards will be allocated at the conference.

Abstract deadlines
Oral presentations: 4 February 2020
Poster presentations: 03 March 2020


A limited number of registration bursaries are available to attend this conference (up to 50% of the standard registration fee) from Wellcome Genome Campus Scientific Conferences.

Priority will be given to PhD students, trainees and delegates from under resourced regions.

To apply, please contact the conference organiser. You will be sent a unique registration link which will hold your place, without taking payment, until you have been notified of the outcome of your application.

The following documents will need to be provided as part of the bursary application:

  • Abstract (to be submitted via the portal during the registration process)
  • CV
  • A justification letter (explain how you will benefit from attending the conference)
  • A supporting letter from supervisor or manager stating financial need

If you have already registered for the conference you are still welcome to apply for a bursary, please contact the conference organiser.

Bursary deadline: 18 February 2020

Additional funding opportunities
Visit our support page for additional financial support currently available.


If you are interested in supporting or exhibiting at this meeting, please contact the conference organiser.


April 27, 2020 @ 1:00 am
April 29, 2020 @ 3:00 pm
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Wellcome Genome Campus Conference Centre
Hinxton, Cambridge
Cambridgeshire, England CB10 1RQ United Kingdom
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