Nursing, Genomics and Healthcare (Virtual Conference)

7–9 July 2021

Virtually from Wellcome Genome Campus, UK

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.

The 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

This conference will bring together nurses and educators interested in mainstreaming genomics in the areas of education, practice, policy, research and leadership.

Sessions will run in afternoons for Europe and Africa | mornings for the Americas.  Registration includes access to live streamed sessions, poster sessions and online networking channels.  Sessions will also be available ‘on demand’ for four weeks after the event.

A number of free registration bursaries are available for this event thanks to generous support from National Cancer Institute (NCI) USA.  See below for more details.


The conference will run from Wednesday 7 July and finish on Friday 9 July 2021.
Sessions will start at 13:00 BST and finish at approximately 18:00 BST each day.  See the time where you are here.

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

Organisers and speakers

Conference programme committee

Kathleen Calzone
National Cancer Institute, USA

Sek Ying Chair
Asia-Pacific Genomic & Genetic Nursing Centre, Hong Kong

Emma Tonkin
University of South Wales, UK

Erika Maria Santos
Hospital Sírio-Libanês, Brazil

Memnun Seven
University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA

Keynote speaker

Christine Patch
Genomics England, UK

Confirmed speakers:

Laurie Badzek – Pennsylvania State University, USA
Patricia Brennan – Samuel Merritt University, USA
Kathleen Calzone – National Cancer Institute, USA
Sek Ying Chair – Asia-Pacific Genomic & Genetic Nursing Centre, Hong Kong
Martina Cornel – Dutch National Patient Alliance for Rare & Genetic Diseases, Netherlands
Greg Feero – Maine-Dartmouth Family Medicine Residency, USA
Candace Henley –  Blue Hat Foundation, USA
Stacy Hines-Dowell – St Jude Children’s Hospital, 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
Jane Murphy – Scientific Programme Officer

How to apply

Student/Trainee £50
Delegates from LMICs* £50
Nurse/Academic £100
Commercial £150

The virtual registration package includes access to all live-streamed sessions (including poster sessions and online networking channels), as well as access to all sessions ‘on-demand’ for four weeks after the event.  Registration deadline: 29 Jun 2021.

A number of free-registration bursaries are available for this event thanks to generous support from National Cancer Institute (NCI) USA.

NCI bursaries are for those in training worldwide, as well as delegates from Lower and Middle Income Countries (see list of countries here).  NCI applications will be assessed on a rolling basis while funds are available until 22 Jun 2021.  Applicants for NCI bursaries should submit a CV and letter stating financial need to the conference organiser. 

Log in details for the virtual conference portal will be provided a couple of days before the event.


We welcome abstracts for poster and lightning talk presentation on all areas relevant to the meeting.

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.

All abstract submissions accepted for a poster presentation will be given the opportunity to upload a short video describing their work.

Abstract deadline
Poster and lightning talk presentations: 25 May 2021

How to upload an abstract once you have already completed registration:

1. Log back into your registration account using either Firefox or Internet Explorer as your browser, via link above the ‘Share’ button on the right hand column of this page
2. Click on ‘Account’ (top right).
3. Then click on ‘View account history’. This will show a table of your event registrations.
4. In the right-hand column you will see the option to ‘Upload file’ – click on this and select to upload an abstract.

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