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Psychology masters student presents research at the European Society of Human Genetics Conference 2019

Helena Davies and her poster presentation

24 June 2019

On the 14th June Helena Davies, a Psychology Masters student, attended and presented at the European Society of Human Genetics Conference 2019 in Gothenburg, Sweden. Below, Helena shares her experience at the conference including details of her own research.

My attendance at the European Society of Human Genetics Conference (ESHG) was an invaluable experience. As of 2019, the former ‘European Meeting on Psychosocial Aspects of Genetics’ became an integral part of the ESHG Conference. Therefore, my research exploring the impact of personality and price on interest in genetic testing fit well with this new, topical part of the conference; it is of vital importance that discussions around the psychological and social aspects of genetic testing are given their rightful place within the broader conversation of genomics. I also attended a range of fascinating talks, including a debate on the implications and role of the media in genomics, a discussion on the importance of genetic counselling, and a presentation on the psychological effects of secondary findings. Overall, the conference provided an excellent opportunity for me to engage with the latest discoveries of the ethical and societal implications of genomic medicine, present my own research for the very first time, and establish new connections with researchers.

Thank you to Bristol Alumni and the School of Psychological Sceicne Research Committee for making this possible!

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