The Latin American School of Human and Medical Genetics: promoting education and collaboration in genetics and ethics applied to health sciences across the continent

Roberto Giugliani, Guilherme Baldo, Filippo Vairo, Monica Lujan Lopez, Ursula Matte

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Abstract

The Latin American Network of Human Genetics (RELAGH) created the Latin American School of Human and Medical Genetics (ELAG) to prepare young researchers and professionals of Latin America to deal with the growing challenge of the genomic medicine. ELAG promotes an annually course since 2005, which received 838 students from 17 Latin American countries over these 10 years. ELAG plays an important role to provide education in genetics applied to health sciences to fellows who live in countries with a less favorable economic situation. Influenced, among others, by the humanitarian perspective of José Maria Cantú, one of its founders, ELAG has always favored the discussion of ethical and social issues related to genetics in Latin America. Few initiatives in Latin America lasted 10 consecutive years. One of the factors responsible for the ELAG’s success has been its group of faculty members, who contribute to a friendly environment prone to facilitating the exchange of their own experiences with young researchers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)189-191
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Community Genetics
Volume6
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 6 2015

Keywords

  • Education
  • ELAG
  • Genetics
  • Latin America
  • Latin American School of Human and Medical Genetics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Genetics(clinical)

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