The ThinkGenetic Foundation, a leading non-profit organization dedicated to providing support and resources in the field of clinical genetics, is thrilled to announce the receipt of additional funding for its Pro-GC program. Generously provided by Chiesi USA, Ovid Therapeutics, Takeda Pharmaceutical, and Vertex Pharmaceuticals, this funding will be instrumental in distributing scholarships to deserving clinicians working in subspecialty areas of clinical genetics. With the rapid expansion of clinical genetics and the increasing demand for up-to-date expertise, these scholarships will contribute to the highest quality of patient care by facilitating the continuing education of dedicated professionals.
Supporting Highly Trained Professionals in Clinical Genetics
Clinical genetics is a rapidly evolving field, and the demand for highly trained professionals with the most current knowledge is more important than ever. Recognizing this need, the ThinkGenetic Foundation is delighted to continue providing financial assistance to clinicians specializing in rare diseases. The Pro-GC program aims to alleviate some of the financial burden associated with continuing education, ensuring that clinicians can stay updated on the latest advancements in the field and provide the best possible care to their patients.
Impact of the First Round of Scholarships
The initial round of scholarships allowed clinicians to attend prominent conferences such as the WORLDSymposium and the American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics (ACMG) annual clinical genetics meeting, held in conjunction with the Society of Inherited Metabolic Diseases (SIMD) annual meeting. The scholarships enabled professionals like Cara Pausche, a metabolic dietician, to attend the SIMD meeting and engage with metabolic providers and researchers. Pausche expressed her gratitude, stating,
“Thanks to the ThinkGenetic Foundation, I was able to attend SIMD. One of the best parts of being a metabolic dietitian is our seat at the table in the metabolic genetics world. Attending this conference alongside metabolic providers and researchers was an honor.”Cara Pausche, ProGC Scholarship Recipient
Another beneficiary, genetic counselor Jenny Do, emphasized the value of attending these conferences, as it allowed her to network within the niche field of metabolic genetics and gain new insights that would directly benefit her patients in the clinic.
Continued Expansion and Future Plans
The ThinkGenetic Foundation is started its Pro-GC program six months ago. The organization plans to distribute scholarships and expand the program to provide additional professional support and career development opportunities in other subspecialty areas of clinical genetics. By investing in the education and advancement of dedicated professionals, the ThinkGenetic Foundation aims to foster excellence in clinical genetics and contribute to improved patient outcomes.
The Pro-GC program by ThinkGenetic continues to make significant strides in supporting genetic clinicians. The additional funding from sponsors will enable the distribution of more scholarships to deserving clinicians. The goal is to empower them to stay at the forefront of genetics by offsetting the cost of continuing education. To learn more about the Pro-GC program or to apply for a scholarship, please visit thinkgenetic.org. Join ThinkGenetic in its mission to advance the field of clinical genetics for the benefit of patients worldwide.