Funding cuts hit US health professional education in genetics

29 July 2013

The US National Coalition for Health Professional Education in Genetics (NCHPEG) is to close next month after seventeen years in operation.
 
Founded in 1996 and funded from 2000 onwards, the NCHPEG has seen major developments from the early days when genetics was limited to reproductive and paediatric medicine, and later oncology, through to the present day. NCHPEG Executive Director Joan Scott noted that these changes, saying: "There are many more clinical applications of genomics available and a growing awareness within the healthcare provider community that they need to be thinking about incorporating them into practice. We see more institutions and organizations developing initiatives to bring genomics into the clinic".
 
The equivalent body in the UK, the National Genetics Education and Development Centre (NGEDC) was not established until 2005, but has similarly seen a widening of applications from specialist genetics services towards genomics in mainstream medicine in recent years (see previous news).
 
Existing information and resources on the NCHPEG website will be maintained by the American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG), which will consider over the coming months whether any active educational programmes will also be supported.

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