Podcasts

Demystifying Genetics with Lucinda Freeman

This podcast can be accessed via Apple iTunes Podcasts at

https://itunes.apple.com/au/podcast/demystifying-genetics/id1387090904

or on Buzzsprout at

http://demystifying-genetics.buzzsprout.com/

Lucinda is a fabulous genetic counselor who I was lucky enough to study with back in 2004. We attended a conference last year in Cambridge, UK and before the start of the conference we spent a few days in Paris together where this photo was taken.

Lucinda was granted a Churchill Fellowship in 2016. She spent a number of weeks visiting clinical genetics services in the USA and UK in 2017 and the report, which Lucinda authored is entitled “To gain a strong evidence base for counseling patients about whole genome testing – USA, UK”. A copy of the report can be found here (https://www.churchilltrust.com.au/fellows/detail/4119/Lucinda+Freeman)

In this podcast we cover:

~ Family communication about genetics and results

~ Genomic testing and uncertainty and anxiety that may come with results of unknown significance

~ The diagnostic odyssey

~ The power of connecting over social media about a genetic diagnosis

~ Genetic counseling research

~ Preconception screening.

I mention a research project I was involved with. Here is a link to this paper https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10897-014-9696-5

Link to the article about Genetic Counselling being rated number 1 job can be found here

https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/careercasts-2018-jobs-rated-report-sees-major-changes-over-three-decades-of-rating-jobs-300657123.html

 

Demystifying Genetics with Lucinda Freeman

Lucida Freeman

Demystifying Genetics with Jane Tiller

This podcast can be accessed via Apple iTunes Podcasts at
https://itunes.apple.com/au/podcast/demystifying-genetics/id1387090904 or on Buzzsprout at
http://demystifying-genetics.buzzsprout.com/

I was lucky enough to record this podcast with Jane Tiller in the studio in Melbourne. The photo is a selfie of us outside the studio. Jane and I discussed direct to consumer testing, life insurance and genetics and the tristate killer. Listen in for an interesting conversation about genetics and ethics. One of the topics we discussed was genetic sexual attraction. Wikipedia has an interesting page on this topic https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Genetic_sexual_attraction Jane can be found at https://www.linkedin.com/in/jane-tiller-13675728/

Jane Tiller

Jane Tiller

Demystifying Genetics with Yasmin Bylstra

This podcast can be accessed via Apple Podcasts at
https://itunes.apple.com/au/podcast/demystifying-genetics/id1387090904
or on Buzzsprout at
http://demystifying-genetics.buzzsprout.com/

I had the pleasure of catching up with Genetic Counsellor Yasmin in this latest podcast. Below is a photo of us going out for dinner a few years ago.

One of the conditions we discussed is called hypercholesterolemia.

Pharmacogenomics is the science of how medications will work according to your genetic makeup.  Pharmacogenomic testing is done to predict how your body responds to certain medications. The product I recommend to my clients is from a company called OneOmeMore information can be found at my website at  https://www.insightgenomica.com.au/oneome-pharmacogenomics/.

Yasmin works a lot in the area of cardiac genetics. The Centre for Genetics Education have produced a number of fact sheets including ones for cardiomyopathies and hypercholesterolemia. They can be found at http://www.genetics.edu.au/publications-and-resources/facts-sheets.

Yasmin and I discussed the Asia Pacific Society of Human Genetics and the Professional Society of Genetic Counselors in Asia, which we are both members of:
http://www.apshg.info/
http://www.psgca.org/

Yasmin can be contact via LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/yasmin-bylstra-4942b99/


Demystifying Genetics with Ron Fleischer

This podcast can be accessed via Apple Podcasts at
https://itunes.apple.com/au/podcast/demystifying-genetics/id1387090904
or on Buzzsprout at
http://demystifying-genetics.buzzsprout.com/

It was a pleasure having Ron as my first guest on my podcast. Below is a photo of us together at a conference in Vietnam in 2015. Ron also has a private genetic counselling practice based in Sydney called The Genetic Clinic
www.thegeneticclinic.com.au

Ron and I discussed what genetic counselling is. The Centre for Genetics Education has a great factsheet on genetic counselling which can be downloaded here

Ron’s preferred area of practice is prenatal screening and we discussed one test in particular called Non Invasive Prenatal Testing or NIPT

Another area of discussion was expanded carrier screening. My preferred product and the one that I recommend to my clients is the Counsyl Foresight test

We ended our discussion talking about our professional bodies that Human Genetics Society of Australasia and the Australasian Society of Genetic Counsellors. More information about these organisations can be found on their websites:
https://www.hgsa.org.au/
https://www.asgc.org.au/


Demystifying Genetics – Matt Burgess

This is the first podcast in a series called Demystifying Genetics where I, Matt Burgess, Genetic Counsellor am interviewed by my partner Daniel Goodfellow. I’ve included a photo of us taken at a wedding we attended in 2016. Podcasts to follow will have me interviewing genetic counsellors and others working in or involved with genetics.

I mentioned how present day clinical genetics evolved from a reaction to the eugenics movement of World War II. In genetic counselling we hold the tenet of non-directiveness or not telling people what to do as very important. Our role is not to tell people what they should do, but to give our clients information so they can make an informed decision. A good comment on eugenics from an Australian clinical geneticist can be found here.

I published an article in the Journal of Genetic Counseling about my practice of genetic counselling. It can be found here.

I mention a study about ethical cases faced by workers in clinical genetics. The published article can be found here.