Genetically Speaking addresses the newest basic research findings, technological advances and applications of human genetics in the evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of health conditions. Genetically Speaking is sponsored by the American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG), a leader in the education of health professionals who are not genetics specialists. These practitioners constitute the majority of providers, yet lack access to quality education that enables them to incorporate the latest advances in genetic risk assessment, testing, and management into their practices. Through new initiatives such as the Genetically Speaking series and the CME Program Cancer Genetics Management in the Primary Care Setting, ASHG seeks to remedy this deficiency.
ASHG’s genetics education initiatives focus on scientific concepts in human genetics research, including:
Advances in human genetics research and clinical applications
The role of genes and the environment in influencing health and disease
The importance of family health history information
Direct-to-consumer genetic testing and test regulation
Genetic discrimination and related health care legislation
ASHG and its members are committed to become fluent in the language of the genome, understand human variation, and promote the public health as well as transfering new knowledge to the next generation of genetics professionals and the public in order to improve clinical practice.