Variant curation in Singapore
October 3, 2016
Melbourne Genomics recently presented a practical two-day variant curation workshop in Singapore, in collaboration with the Centre for Personalised and Precision Health at the National University Hospital.
Attended by 28 healthcare professionals from across Singapore, the workshop presented material developed following the Practical Genomics Workshop presented in Melbourne in February this year.
“We know there is a high level of interest in learning variant curation skills,” said Fiona Cunningham, who is coordinating professional education for Melbourne Genomics. “In Australia and across the world, professionals are incredibly keen to gain hands-on experience and practical knowledge of curation. Our workshop model is proving very useful in offering the opportunity for clinicians, genetic counsellors, laboratory scientists and health executives to try their hand at this process in a positive learning environment.”
Held at the National University of Singapore, the workshop was led by Melbourne Genomics’ Clinical Bioinformatics and Genomics Project Manager, Dr Natalie Thorne, clinical geneticist A/Prof Tiong Tan, and Head of Translational Genomics at VCGS, Dr Sebastian Lunke.
One workshop participant said: “Fantastic workshop. I learnt a lot.” And another: “I really enjoyed the workshop… [and its] strong emphasis on how to perform curation in a cautious and responsible way, which I think is really important.”
[Image: Participants engaged in the variant curation workshop in Singapore.]