Dominic J. McMullan BSc FRCPath
Invited Speaker

Dom McMullan is a Consultant Registered Clinical Scientist at West Midlands Regional Genetics Laboratories, Birmingham, United Kingdom, with 25 years’ experience in all aspects of diagnostic / clinical laboratory genetics. He graduated from the University of Sheffield in Genetics and is a Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists (Genetics). He leads the Germline Programme of the laboratory service, which encapsulates all rare disease and reproductive genetic testing serving a patient population of ~5.5 million. He is current Chair of the Scientific Subcommittee of the Association of Clinical Genetic Science (ACGS) and Chair of the Scientific Programme Committee for the British Society of Genetic Medicine (BSGM) annual conference. His main interests lie broadly in application of genomic technologies in detection and interpretation of structural and sequence variation; in particular in patients with developmental disorders/congenital anomalies both in the postnatal and prenatal settings and he is co-applicant/collaborator and WMRGL lead on the UK National Health Innovation Challenge Fund (HICF) Prenatal Assessment of Genomes and Exomes (PAGE) project. A strong advocate of the need for improved data-sharing between UK-NHS diagnostic laboratories (and further) he is involved in several initiatives around this with both DECIPHER and the PHG Foundation. He has been involved internationally with the ClinGen (formerly ISCA) consortium as a member of the Gene Dosage Curation working group and as an assessor on multiple UK National External Quality Assessment Schemes (NEQAS) in genetic testing.

Professor Ingrid Winship
Invited Speaker

Professor Ingrid Winship is the inaugural Chair of Adult Clinical Genetics at the University of Melbourne and the Executive Director of Research for Melbourne Health.

Professor Winship completed her medical training and postgraduate training in genetics and dermatology at the University of Cape Town, followed by a combined academic and clinical position there. In 1994, she joined the University of Auckland where she later became Professor of Clinical Genetics, Associate Dean Research, and Clinical Director of the Northern Regional Genetic Service.

Professor Winship has a wide range of clinical and research interests in inherited disorders, particularly those with adult onset, including familial cancer, and where foreknowledge of genotype may influence clinical or lifestyle measures to create positive patient outcomes. She has experience in gene discovery and in the translation of discovery into clinical practice. She has also highlighted the societal implications with research into the ethical, legal, cultural and psychosocial domains of genetic technology

Professor Winship is currently a member of the Victorian Cancer Agency, the Board of the Walter & Eliza Hall Institute, the Peter Doherty Institute Council, the Steering Committee of the Melbourne Genomic Health Alliance and the Kinghorn Centre for Clinical Genomics Strategic Advisory Board. She is also a member of the NHMRC Human Genetic Advisory Committee.

Associate Professor Elizabeth Algar
Invited Speaker

Associate Professor Elizabeth Algar holds the position of principal scientist in Genetics and Molecular Pathology at Monash Health and has an academic appointment at the Hudson Institute of Medical Research and Monash University.  Her laboratory provides accredited molecular testing for diagnostic and treatment indications for a broad range of cancers and associated genetic conditions and currently tests in excess of 2000 specimens per annum. She has a long standing research interest in the factors associated with cancer predisposition in early childhood and human imprinting disorders.  Her laboratory offers the only comprehensive genetic testing service in Australia for the imprinting disorders Beckwith Wiedemann syndrome and Russell Silver syndrome. She has published more than 60 research papers including recent new EMQN guidelines for Beckwith Wiedemann syndrome and Russell Silver syndrome and has been the recipient of several international conference awards and speaking invitations.

Professor David Amor
Invited Speaker

David trained in paediatrics and genetics at the Royal Children’s Hospital before completing a PhD in Chromosome Biology at the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute.  In 2016 he was appointed to the Lorenzo and Pamela Galli Chair in Developmental Medicine at the University of Melbourne, prior to which he was Director of Victorian Clinical Genetics Services. His current research focuses on the genetics of intellectual disability, the translation of new genetic technologies into clinical practice and the identification of genes for rare syndromes.  David is also co-author of the upcoming 5th edition of Gardner and Sutherland’s Chromosome Abnormalities and Genetic Counselling.

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