Topics: The course has been divided in two parts. The first part includes basic scientific information and clinical skills needed for genetic healthcare practice, including prenatal, cancer genetics, ethics and laboratory testing. The second part will focus on the counselling and communication skills required by those working with patients and their families. All students will be encouraged to practice their counselling skills in a supportive environment and to give and receive feedback. The course will include some exercises and discussion sessions aimed at facilitating professional and personal self-awareness of students, in order to enhance their genetic counselling practice.  The course will include sessions on supporting patients through decision-making, prenatal and presymptomatic testing.

Target: Clinical geneticists, genetic counsellors, genetic nurses and trainees in those professions.  Students who are new to genetic healthcare should not attempt Part 2 without first completing part 1.

Very experienced genetics practitioners may wish to do Part 2 only.

Venue: The University Residential Center of Bertinoro

Local organizer at the course venue: Jessica Bazzoli,; phone: +39 0543 446500

Fees: The Registration fee for the entire course (€ 700,00) includes tuition, course material, meals, coffee breaks and transportation* from Bologna to the course venue and back.

*Please note that the shuttle buses timetable will be made available upon registration opening

A limited number of fellowships covering both registration and accommodation fees will be sponsored by ESHG. Following the guidelines established by ESHG, students from economically less favoured countries are strongly encouraged to apply for ESHG fellowships: see list here

However, fellowships are not limited to these countries.

Applicants for fellowship should submit their request together with CV, motivation letter and a reference letter to Closing date for fellowship applications: TBD.

Maximum number of admitted participants: 35. Deadline for payments: TBD.

Some useful links:

Bologna airport (the nearest one to the course venue):;

Bologna train station:

Bologna autostazione:

How to reach the course venue: