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Società Italiana di Genetica Umana
The Italian Society of Human Genetics (SIGU - Società
Italiana Genetica Umana) was born in 1997 from the fusion
of the previous Italian Societies of Medical Genetics and Medical Cytogenetics.
Merging of the traditions and expertises of two complementary societies aimed
at setting up a modern Society focusing on all aspects of human genetics.
President of SIGU is Professor Bruno Dallapiccola (University of Rome Tor
Vergata); the current directive committee includes the following geneticists:
Franca Dagna Bricarelli, Emilio Donti, Pier Franco Pignatti and Giuseppe
Novelli. SIGU comprises several working groups: Clinical Genetics,
Cytogenetics, Prenatal Diagnosis, Neurogenetics, Fingerprinting, Oncological
Genetics, Immunogenetics, Genetic Counseling, Quality Control, Medical Genetics
Services, Bioethics. Activities of the work groups are coordinated by
experienced members involved in the specific fields and are aimed at
stimulating scientific cooperation and setting up guidelines for diagnostic
activities which might be transferred to the National Health System.
Communication of scientific and professional information to the >600
affiliates is conveyed through the SIGU Newsletter which may have attached
documents such as guidelines to the diagnosis of specific diseases and surveys
on the map of diagnostic services set up by coordinators of work groups or by
the directive committee. The1st SIGU meeting has been held in Spoleto (30
September-2 October 1998) and has hosted the Phoenix-Anni Verdi Award on
Genetic Research (assigned for 1998 to prof. P. Jacobs, Salisbury, UK) and two
satellite meetings. More than 400 scientists attended the meeting which
received 260 scientific contributions. On the international side SIGU is one of
the 27 member societies of FEGS (Federation of European Genetic Societies).
SIGU web site is: http://www.sigu.net/
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Lidia Larizza, M.D.
past member of SIGU Directive Committee (1997-1998) Co-chair of the SIGU Work
Group on Oncological Genetics
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