Joint Meeting 2019

7 nov. 2019 09:00 - 8 nov. 2019 18:00

We are pleased to invite you to the Joint Meeting 2019 of HEBON, IMPAHC and VKGN.

The clinical genetic landscape is shifting. Novel cancer variants have been detected. Mainstreaming is upcoming. Tools are entering the clinic. Life-nostyle is becoming a topic in the counseling. Commercial companies are offering genetic tests.

These novel developments and challenges will be discussed in this joint international meeting of HEBON (HEreditary Breast and Ovarian cancer in the Netherlands), IMPAHC (International Meeting of Psychosocial Aspects of Hereditary Cancer) and the Dutch Cancer Group (WKO) of the Dutch Clinical Genetics Society (VKGN).

Challenges in Cancer Genetics 

The meeting will be held on November 7th and 8th, 2019 near Leiden, The Netherlands.

Topics of the Joint Meeting 2019 will include:

  • Feasibility of mainstreaming
  • Psychosocial tools to support genetic counseling
  • Polygenic risk scores
  • How to inform relatives
  • Panel testing or not?
  • Family issues
  • Health literacy
  • Direct to consumer testing

Confirmed Key note speakers:
Prof. Antonis Antoniou (University of Cambridge, UK): Future-proofing breast cancer risk prediction
Prof. Peter Devilee (LUMC, NL): International Bridges-project on high-risk in non-carrier women
Sook-Yee Yoon (Cancer Research Malaysia, MY): Experiences with Mainstreaming in Malaysia
Dr. Margreet Ausems (UMCU, NL): Limited health literacy and access to cancer genetic counseling
Prof. Rolf Sijmons (UMCG, NL): Direct to Consumer testing, the way to go?
Prof. Karen Basen-Engquist (MD Anderson, Houston, Texas): Expanding reach and scope of counseling for high risk families: Leveraging technology for lifenostyle behavior change 
Elizabeth Bancroft (The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust, UK): Germline predisposition to prostate cancer - clinical and psychosocial aspects 


This meeting is organized for clinical geneticists, genetic counselors, psychologists, social workers, epidemiologists, and medical specialists working with, or studying patients with a family history of cancer. 


9-18h, Thursday, November 7th, 2019 + Congress buffet
9-18h, Friday, November 8th, 2019


CORPUS Congress Centre
Willem Einthovenstraat 1
2342 BH Oegstgeest
The Netherlands

Organizing Committee

Eveline Bleiker (IMPAHC)
Marjanka Schmidt (HEBON)
Margreet Ausems (VKGN)
Aad Tibben (IMPAHC)
Secretariat: Denise Jenner (HEBON)