Principal Advisor: Dr Aideen McInerney-Leo


Research group:  McInerney-Leo Group - Integrating genomics into medicine

Organisational unit: UQ Diamantina Institute

We are focused on increasing genomic literacy and genomic confidence in both patients and non-genetics clinicians to democratize access to genetic testing. This includes developing educational videos, interactive websites and chatbots for consumers. For clinicians we are exploring the impact of different, evidence-informed educational interventions. Our latest research projects evaluate how best to return polygenic risk scores to individuals, optimize educational materials, train clinicians and evaluate the psychological and behavioural impact of these results. In genetic tests associated with minimal, if any psychological distress (e.g. genetic testing for melanoma) we are randomizing consumers to receive genetic testing from a trained non-genetics clinician or genetic counsellor to determine whether psycho-behavioural outcomes differ with provider type. Results from our research have the potential to inform practice guidelines and accelerate the integration of genomics into clinical care.

View available HDR projects at UQDI.