September 26, 2013
Professor Maggie Kirk, leader of the Genomics Policy Unit, will travel to in Bethesda, Maryland USA on October 4-6, 2013 to attend the 25th Anniversary Conference of the International Society of Nurses in Genetics.
As well as presenting a poster and paper about the work of the Genomics Policy Unit, Prof Kirk will be delivering the inaugural speech as the incoming president of ISONG, the International Society of Nurses in Genetics.
ISONG is a global nursing specialty organization dedicated to fostering the scientific and professional growth of nurses in human genetics and genomics worldwide.
Professor Kirk is only the third non-US president of the organisation in its 25-year history.
“This silver anniversary conference celebrates 25 years of nursing leadership in genetics and I am anticipating an exciting programme of eminent speakers,” said Prof Kirk. “I am particularly looking forward to one of the keynote speakers, Dr Thomas Markello, from the National Institutes of Health, who will talk about ‘Genetics in the next 25 years.’
“ISONG members have been at the forefront of global efforts to promote the scientific and professional growth of nurses in human genetics and genomics, for the benefits of individuals, families and communities. I feel honoured to have been elected as President of such a dynamic and dedicated group of members and look forward to the challenge of leading the organisation over the next 12 months.”