The American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG), founded in 1948, is the primary professional membership organization for human genetics specialists worldwide. The Society’s nearly 8,000 members include researchers, academicians, clinicians, laboratory practice professionals, genetic counselors, nurses and others who have a special interest in the field of human genetics.
The American Board of Genetic Counseling is the credentialing organization for the genetic counseling profession in the United States and Canada.
The American Board of Medical Genetics certifies individuals and accredits training programs in the specialty of clinical genetics.
The American College of Medical Genetics provides resources, education, and a voice for the medical genetics profession.
Ethical, Legal and Social Implications Research Program:
ELSI Research Program was established to foster basic and applied research on the ethical, legal and social implications of genetic and genomic research for individuals, families and communities. The Program funds and manages studies, and supports workshops, research consortia and policy conferences related to these topics.
The National Society of Genetic Counselors advances the various roles of genetic counselors in health care by fostering education, research, and public policy to ensure the availability of quality genetic services.
The Association of Professors was incorporated in 1995 to promote human and medical genetics educational programs in North American medical and graduate schools. The Association holds an annual 2-3 day workshop that deals with medical genetics educational issues.
Members include researchers, scientists, teachers and engineers. One of the goals of the Society is to educate the public and their government representatives about advances in genetics and the consequences to individuals and to society.
Founded in 1996, an international collaboration of professional human genetics societies, the IFHGS ensures that an International Congress of Human Genetics will take place every five years and that a credible forum for the sharing of ideas about human genetics is provided.
NCHPEG works to integrate genetics content into the knowledge base of health professionals and students of the health professions by developing educational tools and information resources that are accessible and useful to the target audience.
One mission of HUGO is to foster the interaction, coordination, and dissemination of information and technology between investigators and the global society in genomics, proteomics, bioinformatics, systems biology and the clinical sciences by promoting quality education, comprehensive communication, and accurate, comprehensive and accessible knowledge resources for genes, genomes and disease. Another is to sponsor dialogues on the social, legal and ethical issues related to genetic and genomic information.