National DNA Day commemorates the successful completion of the Human Genome Project in 2003 and the discovery of DNA's double helix in 1953. The National
Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) began celebrating DNA Day annually on April 25, 2003 after the 108th Congress passed concurrent resolutions
designating it as DNA Day. The goal of National DNA Day is to offer students, teachers, and the public an opportunity to learn about and celebrate the latest
advances in genomic research and explore how those advances might impact their lives.
2018 marks the 15th anniversary of the completion of the Human Genome Project. To mark this milestone, NHGRI has enlisted many partners and collaborators to
launch a public awareness campaign, called the 15 for 15 Celebration. This campaign will center around 15 core topics that illustrate key genomic advances that
from April 5- April 25, and learn how genomics is influencing the world around you!
Congratulations to the recipient of our innagural Leadership and Volunteer Award, Shelly Weiss (see below)
The Genetic Task Force of Illinois celebrates having served as Illinois’ foremost medical genetics professional organization for over three decades. Founded in 1982, GTFI is devoted to the development and delivery of genetic services, research, and education in the State of Illinois. GTFI is also the only organization in Illinois exclusively devoted to the interests of the state’s medical genetics professional community.
Patient and Family Advocacy
GTFI 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
GTFI holds business meetings triannually for education and stimulating discussions among fellow genetics professionals.
GTFI 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.
GTFI 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.
GTFI also sponsors an annual educational symposium featuring exceptional speakers focusing on current genetic topics. CEUs are available for symposium attendance.
GTFI has over 100 active 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
Shelly is a genetic counselor who recently founded the cancer predisposition program at Lurie Children's Hospital where she serves as the sole oncology genetic counselor. She is an active member of GTFI through her involvement in many committees and volunteer events. In addition, she is an active volunteer at the Elaine and Norton Sarnoff Center for Jewish Genetics, the American Cancer Society and Bright Pink. Furthermore, she is also very involved in the Northwestern Graduate Program in Genetic Counseling. We thank Shelly for her dedication to the growing field of genetics and genomics.
For general questions regarding GTFI, as well as questions regarding
patient and genetic professional advocacy, state licensure, and GTFI
membership, please do not hesitate to contact us at:
Upcoming GTFI 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 at email@example.com.