Empowering People: Genetic Counselling in Focus

What is genetic counselling? Discover all in a new exhibition at the Wellcome Genome Campus

What is genetic counselling, what does a genetic counsellor do, and who gets to see one? Our latest exhibition at the Wellcome Genome Campus explores this vital but often little-known subject.

Genetic counsellors are healthcare professionals trained to work with people at risk from, or who have been diagnosed with, genetic conditions. They draw on a range of different expertise: knowledge of genetic conditions and risk factors, communication skills that explain jargon and make sense of complex situations, and counselling techniques that emotionally support a person. 

Empowering People: Genetic Counselling in Focus uses accounts from research and clinical genetic counsellors to explore the experience of genetic counselling and the work they do. The exhibition follows the journeys of people referred for genetic counselling: from a first referral, through the counselling appointment, to the decision-making process necessary to take the steps that are right for them and, potentially, for their family.

Visit the exhibition on the third Saturday of every month from October to June, when the Wellcome Genome Campus is open for you to explore! Open Saturdays are also your chance to meet staff, try hands-on activities, and explore the Campus to discover the cutting-edge science that happens here today.

Campus Open Saturdays are free for everyone but booking is required.