Congratulations to the recipient of the 2020 Leadership and Volunteer Award, Erin McGinnis (see below)
The Illinois Society of Genetic Professionals (ISGP) celebrates having served as Illinois’ foremost medical genetics professional organization for over three decades. Founded in 1982 (as the Genetic Task Force of Illinois), ISGP is devoted to the development and delivery of genetic services, research, and education in the State of Illinois. ISGP is also the only organization in Illinois exclusively devoted to the interests of the state’s medical genetics professional community.
Patient and Family Advocacy
ISGP is a proud advocate for quality control of genetic counseling services by supporting and working to implement the licensing of Genetic Counselors in our state. The Genetic Counselor Licensure Act was signed into Illinois law effective December 18, 2007.
Members regularly communicate with state leaders and insurance companies to ensure patient access to and coverage of genetic services.
Networking for Professionals
ISGP holds business meetings triannually for education and stimulating discussions among fellow genetics professionals.
ISGP sponsors an annual Genetic Counseling Informational Workshop to promote exposure to the genetic counseling profession for students and other interested individuals.
Members regularly attend or present at regional and national medical education conferences and meetings.
ISGP provides cutting edge information on the latest developments in medical genetics and genomics.
Each business meeting features a clinical or educational presentation by a local speaker.
ISGP also sponsors an annual educational symposium featuring exceptional speakers focusing on current genetic topics. CEUs are available for symposium attendance.
ISGP has over 150 full, associate, and student members interested in issues related to the provision of genetic services in Illinois. Membership is open to genetics professionals and those interested in genetics in Illinois, including:
There are three categories of membership: full, associate and student.Become a Member
Erin has been active in ISGP as the Chair of the Community Outreach Committee and has organized the Annual Genetic Counseling Information Workshop over the past two years. She is also active in NSGC helping to write policy, and volunteers for educational events. She is one of two genetic counselors who started the Neurogenetics and Neurovascular Genetics clinics at Lurie Children's Hospital. Her leadership and volunteerism are inspirational, and we are so proud to have her representing our profession. Please join us in congratulating Erin on her award!
For general questions regarding ISGP, as well as questions regarding patient and genetic professional advocacy, state licensure, and ISGP membership, please do not hesitate to contact us at: President@illinoisgenetics.org.
Upcoming ISGP Events
If you are interested in learning more about the field of genetics or having a genetic counselor speak to your organization, class, or student group, please contact the Community Outreach Committee a President@illinoisgenetics.org.