The NIH Consensus Development Program is convening a state-of-the-science conference to assess the available evidence on family history and improving health. This conference is scheduled to take place on August 24th-26th at the NIH in Bethesda, Maryland. http://consensus.nih.gov/2009/familyhistory.htm The conference statement will be prepared by an independent panel on the basis of a systematic literature review, expert presentations, and audience commentary. This conference is open to the public and there is no charge to register. I will be there representing the NSGC and I encourage everyone who able to attend to participate in the process that will undoubtedly have an impact on the genetic counseling profession. I look forward to seeing those of you who can attend at the meetings.
For those of you who cannot attend I have another addition to the NSGC’s menu of communication and this one is free. We have started a twitter account in the hopes of providing brief updates from your president, the executive office and the board of directors. This is also an opportunity to reach outside of our profession to communicate to colleagues, other health care providers, and the public at large about genetic counselors and what we are all about. Spread the word that anyone can now follow the NSGC at www.twitter.com/nsgc_org I am planning on providing real time updates from the NIH conference, so now is the time to set up your twitter account and follow along.Steven Keiles, NSGC President