Scottish Genetics Education Network: ScotGEN

As the use of genetic information in medicine becomes increasingly common, there is a growing need for healthcare professionals to have a sound knowledge of clinical genetics. However there are only a few specialist genetics teachers in Scotland. The aim of ScotGEN is to help fulfil the requirement for high quality resources for genetics education.

Meeting the need for Genetics Education

ScotGEN started in 2005 as a network of healthcare professionals, university academics and computer scientists who were involved in teaching genetics.

In 2006, ScotGEN received £150,000 from Generation Scotland's Scottish Executive Genetic Healthcare Initiative award to develop a collection of freely available teaching materials for Genetics Education.

These will include content for teaching modules that can be used as part of degree courses or other learning programmes; case reports which illustrate key aspects of genetic counselling; suggested assignments for different levels of learning; and summaries of the skills, abilities and knowledge that students will be able to demonstrate after completing a module.

Many of these resources are already available on the ScotGEN web site:

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ScotGEN official launch - November 2007

The full launch of ScotGEN took place in Edinburgh on 28th November 2007 at a one-day conference which was opened by Health Minister Nicola Sturgeon.