Congratulations to our 2019 VAAGC Student Research Award Winners!

All are genetic counseling students at VCU. We are excited to see where their innovative research takes them!

 

  1. Alesky Caffo – “Assessing the Level of Comprehension of Preconception and Pregnant Women who Accept or Decline Expanded Carrier Screening.”
  2. Yi Liu – “An interpretative phenomenological analysis: the lived experience of emerging adults at risk for gastric cancer due to a CDH1 variant in medical management decision-making.”
  3. Emily Seckington – “An analysis of the lived experience of patients incidentally found to carry a pathogenic TP53 mutation.”

The VaAGC is an organization that was developed in the fall of 2007 by a group of genetic counselors representing various regions in Virginia as an outgrowth of conversations begun at recent state meetings.

The intended purpose of the organization is to facilitate communication among counselors in Virginia and to serve as a resource for relevant information to the public.

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WHAT IS A GENETIC COUNSELOR?

A genetic counselor is a healthcare professional who has specific academic training to serve and support individuals and families with genetic conditions or those who may be at risk for genetic conditions or birth defects. Genetic counselors typically practice as part of a health care team, primarily in prenatal, pediatric and oncology settings. Many genetic counselors work in industry, such as laboratories that offer genetic testing services. Other genetic counselors work in public health settings educating the public about screening and prevention options for certain birth defects and genetic conditions.

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Join Us at the Annual Virginia State Genetics Education Conference

The Virginia Association of Genetic Counselors hosts an annual education conference that rotates between the four regions of the state: Northern, Central, Eastern and Western. The annual meeting is typically held in May to allow for graduate student attendance and presentation. Look out for information about our upcoming conference in the new year!

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DNA Day April 25, 2019

VaAGC outreach committee and middleschoolers make DNA helices!

Susan Phillips and Tifany Lewis spent time with middle school students at Lake Taylor middle school for DNA day. DNA day commemorates the discovery (or publishing of the discovery) of the double helix in 1953 and the completion of the Human Genome Project in 2003. Susan and Tifany discussed Pharmacogenomics with the students and how the field is changing medicine. 
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Have questions about genetic counselors or need more information?

This is my first visit to a genetic counselor. What can I expect?

Genetic counselors frequently speak to clients about complex scientific and emotional topics. Usually the issues involve genetic conditions or birth defects or possibilities of such things occurring. The topic you bring to the genetic counseling session may determine the content of the discussion, however you can expect the genetic counselor to have specialized knowledge and be able to answer your questions, maybe even to anticipate some of your questions. Often, the genetic counselor acts as an interpreter for the medical information and a support person if the information turns out to be stressful.

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WHO WE ARE

The VaAGC facilitates communication among counselors in Virginia and serves as a resource for delivering relevant information to the public.

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PO Box 15639
1100 Battlefield Blvd
Chesapeake, VA 23328

Email
info@vaagc.com

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