Mainstream and Beyond - Cancer Genetics Webinar 2024

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Mainstream and beyond – next generation applications of genomic testing

23 February 2024 | 2:00pm - 4:15pm  

Join us for a special online event where you will hear from experts about a range of experiences, updates and the latest developments in clinical cancer genetics.

Our speakers are some of the foremost specialists in this field and the webinar will also give you an opportunity to ask any questions that you may have.

About this event

We are delighted to welcome four speakers for this webinar. They are experts on the topic of genetics or genomics for clinicians, and their presentations will look at developments in this area.

In this webinar, we will explore different paradigms for application of genomic testing to inform risk and influence disease prevention, early detection and diagnosis, targeted treatment, and minimisation of therapy-related adverse events. Expert speakers will discuss the benefits, limitations and challenges associated with new pathways for rollout of genomic testing, including mainstreaming of germline testing for heritable cancer predisposition, newborn screening by whole genome sequencing, and expanding use of pharmacogenomics to direct treatment. We will also have a panel of local experts to discuss if/how such pathways would work in Ireland.


Dr Terri McVeigh, Consultant Clinical Geneticist

Tracie Miles Phd. Tracie is the Associate Director of Nursing & Midwifery for the SWGMSA

Dr John McDermott, Clinical Geneticist and an NIHR Doctoral Research Fellow at the University of Manchester.

Amanda Pichini, Director of Clinical Implementation Genomics England

Delivered by leading experts in cancer genetics

Dr Terri McVeigh, Consultant Clinical Geneticist

About Dr Terri McVeigh

Dr McVeigh is a Consultant Clinical Geneticist in the Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust, specialising in Cancer Genetics. She also holds an Honorary Associate Faculty position in the Institute of Cancer Research.

Dr McVeigh undertook undergraduate medical training, postgraduate core surgical training and Higher Specialist Training in Clinical Genetics in Ireland. Her specialist training was funded by the Health Research Board/Health Service Executive National Academic SpR Fellowship Programme, with research fellowships in Yale University, New Haven, USA, and in QIMR Berghofer, Brisbane Australia. She also undertook a Clinical Research Fellowship in the Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust, and subsequently took up a consultant post there in 2018.

She was awarded a PhD from National University of Ireland, Galway for her work investigating the translational applications of genomic profiling for risk estimation, prognostication and treatment of breast cancer. She also holds a Certificate in Medical Genetics (RCPath) and Postgraduate Diploma in Medical Science (NUI Galway).

Dr McVeigh has a special interest in teaching, and holds a Masters in Clinical Education. She now acts as a core tutor on the Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Education in NUI Galway. She is also a core tutor of the Molecular Pathology of Cancer and Application in Cancer Diagnosis, Screening, and Treatment Module of the ICR -led MSc in Genomic Medicine (Imperial College London), and regularly supervises and examines postgraduate research projects. 

Dr McVeigh keenly supports patient engagement and education. She developed and curates a patient information website ( She is also a member of the medical advisory board of the Ovacome Ovarian Cancer charity in the UK.

She is a member of the Council and Social Media/Communications of the Cancer Genetics Group of the British Society of Genomic Medicine.

Tracie Miles Phd.

Tracie is the Associate Director of Nursing & Midwifery for the SWGMSA. After qualifying in the early 80’s her nursing career has seen medical, surgical, intensive care and oncology specialist nursing in England and overseas.

Tracie has been a mainstreaming cancer nurse specialist for 8 years ( gynaecology and breast ), and recruited patients to the 100k genomics project.

A member of the University of the West of England faculty, she teaches on the masters and PGCert modules for counselling & consenting genomics for nurses , midwives and allied healthcare professionals.

She has contributed into a number of NICE specialist committees, including Endometrial Lynch and Ovarian population screening.

Tracie also works in the third sector, supporting an information help-line on gynaecology cancer and it’s causes, enabling a different lens in which to see the patient perspective of genomics.


Dr John McDermott

Dr John McDermott is a Clinical Geneticist and an NIHR Doctoral Research Fellow at the University of Manchester. He was the UK’s first Academic Clinical Fellow in Genomic Medicine. Working at the Manchester Centre for Genomic Medicine his research focuses on the application of genomics in acute and everyday healthcare settings. He has recently been awarded funding from the NIHR to undertake the world’s first trial of a point-of-care genetic test in the acute setting and is an NIHR Doctoral Fellow.


Amanda Pichini

Amanda is the Director of Clinical Implementation Genomics England at Genomics England, where she provides clinical leadership across Genomics England’s services and programmes. She received her Master of Science in Genetic Counselling from the University of Toronto, and has previously worked as a clinical genetic counsellor in Canada and England. Her work focusses on implementing genomic medicine, addressing ethical challenges and educating healthcare professionals to deliver effective patient and family-centred care.




Dr Samantha Doyle

Consultant Clinical and Biochemical Geneticist


Prof. Andrew Green, MB, PhD, FRCPI, FFPath(RCPI), FRCPE

Professor of Medical Genetics, UCD School of Medicine and Medical Science

Consultant in Clinical Genetics, Children’s Health Ireland (CHI) at Crumlin

Consultant in Clinical Genetics, Children’s Health Ireland (CHI) at Temple Street

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