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DNA Day - Tuesday, April 25th!

We hope you enjoyed celebrating National DNA Day, and had an  opportunity to learn more about DNA, Genetics, and Genomics, and how they impact our personal health. National DNA Day is celebrated each year on April 25th, commemorating the completion of the Human Genome Project in 2003, and the anniversary of James Watson and Francis Crick’s discovery of the double helix structure of DNA in 1953.

National DNA Day is also a good time to talk with your family to learn more about your family history. Although sometimes a sensitive topic to discuss with family members, having accurate and detailed family history information can help your health care provider make the best recommendations for you to personalize your health care plan. Take some time to talk with your relatives about your family history today.

Questions about genetics, or looking to find a genetic specialist in your area? Please visit our referrals page, or email Also, see our list of upcoming local Illinois Genetics Events.

For genetics professionals, GTFI meetings are held quarterly to provide opportunities for networking and obtaining CEUs. 

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.

The GTFI network also helps students find genetics shadowing experiences throughout the state.

Continuing Education

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:

  • Physicians

  • Genetic Counselors

  • Nurses

  • Researchers

  • Students

There are three categories of membership: full, associate and student.

Become a Member

Contact GTFI

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

    Community Outreach

    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

    The Genetic Task Force of Illinois is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. 

    Chicago, IL USA

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