The Second Annual Gengage Conference - New frontiers in teaching genetics – provided an opportunity for training and shared learning around public engagement and healthcare genetics in Scotland. Over 100 delegates, including biology teachers, upper year students and Gengage members, gathered at the John McIntyre Conference Centre, University of Edinburgh, on 15 June 2010 for a day of talks and interactive workshops.
The plenary presentations addressed current and future trends in genetics, including the effects genes have on our health; the development of a treatment for Pompe disease, recently fictionalised in the Harrison Ford film, Extraordinary Measures; and the implications of technological developments for the patient attending a genetic clinic.
The workshops provided an opportunity to explore issues around genetics through various interactive activities. These activities ranged from facilitated discussions about the ethics of recent advances in genetics to simulated DNA profiling, and featured unique and innovative teaching and learning resources. The workshops generated extensive and lively discussion about a variety of cutting-edge topics, including genetic testing, and genetic selection through pre-implantation genetic diagnosis.
The full conference report is available on the Gengage website