TITLE

London IDEAS Genetics Knowledge Park: promoting genetic education

AUTHOR(S)
Taffinder, Sally
PUB. DATE
September 2003
SOURCE
Journal of Medical Genetics;Sep2003 Supplement, Vol. 40, pS27
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Abstract
ABSTRACT
The London IDEAS Genetics Knowledge Park was established in 2002. It is one of six Genetic Knowledge Parks in England and Wales, funded for five years by the DTI and Doll. It is composed of two branches, the Genetic Application Unit (GAU) and the Knowledge Dissemination Unit (KDU). London IDEAS aims to promote education about the genetic contribution to common disorders. However, as Mendelian genetics is still poorly understood in some groups, the KDU is also focusing on this area. Projects are aimed at raising awareness of genetics amongst the public, health workers and other professional groups. They include a schools project, which is piloting a new genetics training package. There is collaborative work with GIG looking at the provision of translated materials in genetics and its appropriateness to specific ethnic minority populations. Work is being carried out to increase awareness of genetics amongst health professionals, both genetic and non-genetic. This includes multidisciplinary training sessions for genetics professionals and the delivery of "genetic roadshows" to non-genetic healthcare providers. A course in basic genetics for midwives will be starting in late 2003. It is hoped that better informed health professionals will lead to greater public awareness of genetics with improved access to genetic services.
ACCESSION #
11422110

 

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