Welcome to the Minnesota Genetic Counselors Association. MNGCA is a non-profit organization that was founded in 2007 and became a working chapter of the National Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC) in 2009. We are made up of genetic counselors and genetic counseling graduate students from across the state of Minnesota. There are now over 100 genetic counselors currently practicing in Minnesota. Most are members of MNGCA and NSGC.
Genetic counselors are specially trained in medical genetics and in discussing genetics issues with patients and families in a way that is understandable and applicable to their situations. Because genetics is playing an increasingly important role in healthcare, MNGCA is working to increase access to genetic counseling services for individuals throughout Minnesota. We designed this website to provide you with accurate information about genetic counseling and how it might help you and your family.
Due to the small and specialized nature of the genetic counseling profession, we understand it can sometimes be tricky to locate a genetic counselor in your area who works in the specialty that you seek. Our clinic directory and genetic counselor directory allow you to easily search for a counselor and provide you with the contact information needed to schedule an appointment.
Education is a primary focus of our organization, and we want to provide you with the most current information on relevant genetics topics. Count on our News and Links menu to keep you updated. In addition to educating patients and families, MNGCA also works to provide continuing education to Minnesota genetic counselors through education conferences.
Reasons for Genetic Counseling
A genetic counselor working in the field of neurology specializes in understanding conditions that affect the brain, the nerves, and muscles. These conditions may…Read more...
A pediatric genetic counselor works with newborns, infants, and children with known or suspected genetic conditions and/or birth defects. Usually a child will be…Read more...
A genetic counselor working in newborn screening specializes in public health genetics, metabolic and endocrine diseases, hemoglobinopathies, primary immune disease, cystic fibrosis, hearing loss, and critical…Read more...
A cancer genetic counselor meets with individuals and families to help them understand if they have a higher risk of cancer due to a…Read more...
A cardiovascular genetic counselor specializes in understanding the genetic conditions that affect the heart.Read more...