This January UMC Utrecht and The Responsible Innovation Collective ran an inter-disciplinary workshop ‘Genetics Clinic of the Future’, exploring the changing face of genetic clinics with the introduction of Next Generation DNA Sequencing (NGS).

NGS is a pretty exciting piece of technology for patients and healthcare professionals alike – it is set to speed up and advance diagnosis and treatment. But as with all revolutionary technologies there are challenges, and in the case of NGS these are cross-disciplinary, without a clear problem-owner, and without any existing probem solving protocol.

The workshop pioneered the introduction of The Stepping Stone approach to deal with these issues and with the expertise of © Ruben Maalman Illustrations graphical representations of the future of genetics have been designed. We are excited to unveil the first of these posters.

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The First Stepping Stone: This concept map illustrates the challenges of NGS and the potential ways genetics can be integrated into life beyond the clinic

This concept map, ‘The Living Room’, explores genetics beyond the clinic; the ways that people can engage with genomic data outside of the lab and how it can be integrated into the social world. Barbara Prainsack led the discussion for this part of the workshop, focussing on the levels of genetic literacy in society and the high levels of terminology within the field.

Take a look at the poster to learn more about the future of genetics, beyond the clinic.