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University Medical Center Groningen


Research into the ethical, legal, and social issues of clinical genetics


About ELSI

The ELSI research programme aims to provide the evidence base for offering clinical genetic services to patients using new techniques and innovations as fast and responsibly as possible. Our mission is to build an interdisciplinary research group of researchers experienced in studying the ethical, legal, social impact (ELSI) of changes in health care as well as specialists in the fields of genetics and other medical specialties currently involved in Mendelian genetics. The group will aim at fast and continuous translation of genetic research findings into optimal clinical applications in the above-mentioned fields. We aim at innovation and improvement of clinical genetic patient care, as well as the application of new genetic knowledge in other medical specialties, primary care and in genetic population screening. Innovation and improvement of clinical genetic patient care not only consists of the 42 development or adjustment of genetic counselling techniques but also addresses the process and organization of genetic care and the related societal aspects, e.g. informed consent procedures.

Main research lines more

  • Preconception screening (PCS) pilot study
  • Recontacting patients who have seen a clinical genetic counsellor
  • Patients’ and healthcare professionals' experiences and dilemmas in the context of incidental findings and variants of uncertain significance in clinical genetics

Research team more

Publications and media more

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