German Society of Human Genetics

The German Society of Human Genetics, formerly the "Society of Anthropology and Human Genetics", was founded in 1987. Its principal objective is the promotion of research, education and practitioning in all areas of human genetics. The society organizes scientific meetings, conferences and workshops to share and discuss scientific progress. In addition, the society encourages and integrates different scientific and clinical specialties of human genetics.

The GfH closely cooperates with other German, European or international scientific societies. The society publishes the journal medizinischegenetik in collaboration with the Austrian Society of Human Genetics (www.oegh.at) and the Swiss Society of Medical Genetics (www.sgmg.ch), and the German Association of Clinical Genetics (www.bvdh.de)

Both, the executive board and its committees work on public relations by the development of position statements on a variety of clinical, ethical, social and legal issues. The Academy of Human Genetics as a permanent institution of the GfH offers continuous medical education (CME) for physicians and scientists in the field of human genetics. An important activity of the GfH is the establishment of standards for good human genetic laboratory practice as well as good genetic counseling practice and to publish guidelines for quality assessment in clinical genetic services. The GfH established a special educational program that allows scientists (e.g. biologists, biochemists) certified as "Fachhumangenetiker/in (GfH)" - clinical genetic laboratory specialist (GfH) - to work as professionals in clinical genetics and patients care.

In all areas of human genetics the Society is the central institution to address questions on basic science, research, and clinical genetics.

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