Welcome to the Minnesota Genetic Counselors Association!  MNGCA is a non-profit organization that was founded in 2007 and became a working chapter of the National Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC) in 2009.  We are made up of genetic counselors and genetic counseling graduate students from across the state of Minnesota.  We estimate that there are approximately 130 genetic counselors currently in Minnesota.  Most are members of MNGCA and NSGC.

Reasons for Genetic Counseling

  • Pediatrics
    A pediatric genetic counselor works with newborns, infants, and children with known or suspected genetic conditions and/or birth defects.  Usually a child will be…
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  • Neurology
    A genetic counselor working in the field of neurology specializes in understanding conditions that affect the brain, the nerves, and muscles.  These conditions may…
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  • Newborn Screening
    A genetic counselor working in newborn screening specializes in public health genetics, metabolic and endocrine diseases, hemoglobinopathies, and cystic fibrosis. Newborn screening genetic counselors…
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  • Cancer
    A cancer genetic counselor meets with individuals, couples, and families that may be at higher risk for cancer due to a hereditary cancer condition. …
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  • Heart
    A cardiovascular genetic counselor specializes in understanding the genetic conditions that affect the heart. 
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