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Demystifying Genetics for Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer Week

This week is Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer Awareness and I was lucky enough to have three fabulous guests on Demystifying Genetics. First Guest – Ellen Matlof, Genetic Counselor & Director, My Gene Counsel Ellen is a genetic counsellor extraordinaire in Connecticut, USA, with many years experience working in the familial cancer setting. We discuss: • The role of the Genetic Counselor and their role in the ordering and interpretation of genetic results • What a gene is and what...


Demystifying Genetics with Mike Field

In this ninth Demystifying Genetics podcast I discuss Fragile X and other conditions of learning disability with Dr Mike Field, Consultant Clinical Geneticist. Mike has a lovely way of taking complex concepts and issues and explaining in a way that is easy and straightforward to understand. Mike has been involved with many research projects to do with the genetics of learning disability and we spent some time talking about this. We also covered Invitro Fertilisation (IVF) and preimplantation...


Demystifying Genetics with John Conaghan

Welcome to a podcast all about Huntington disease (HD). Joining me in this podcast is Senior Social Worker John Conaghan. I love all my guests and love all of my conversations about demystifying genetics, however this podcast feels special. John is such a caring and empathic worker and his kindness shines through in this conversation. We discuss what Huntington disease is and how it affects people with the condition and also the affect it has on their families. John has a long history of...


Demystifying Genetics with Martin Delatycki

Prof Martin Delatycki joins me for this podcast. Martin is a clinical geneticist in Melbourne, Australia. He works clinically, but also has a strong research interest. We speak about the following genetic conditions: • Friedreich’s ataxia • Hereditary Haemochromatosis • Tay Sachs disease • Spinal Muscular atrophy • Spinocerebellar ataxia type 3 More information about these conditions can be found at We also talk about the genetic research and clinical trials that Martin is...


Demystifying Genetics with Kristine Barlow - Stewart

In this podcast I was lucky enough to speak to Kristine Barlow – Stewart. Kris has been a genetic counsellor in Australia for many years. Kris is highly involved with genetics education and this is what we have a good chat about. We explore issues such as genetics education, evidence based genetic counselling research and the diagnostic odyssey. We also discuss the management of uncertainty in genetic counselling and the future of this profession.


Demystifying Genetics with Lucinda Freeman

Lucinda is a fabulous genetic counsellor who I was lucky enough to study with back in 2004. We attended a conference last year in Cambridge, UK and before the start of the conference we spent a few days in Paris together where this photo was taken. Lucinda was granted a Churchill Fellowship in 2016. She spent a number of weeks visiting clinical genetics services in the USA and UK in 2017 and the report, which Lucinda authored is entitled “To gain a strong evidence base for counselling...


Demystifying Genetics with Jane Tiller

Demystifying Genetics with Jane Tiller This podcast can be accessed via Apple iTunes Podcasts at or on Buzzsprout at I was lucky enough to record this podcast with Jane Tiller in the studio in Melbourne. The photo is a selfie of us outside the studio. Jane and I discussed direct to consumer testing, life insurance and genetics and the tristate killer. Listen in for an...


Demystifying Genetics with Yasmin Bylstra

I had the pleasure of catching up with Genetic Counsellor Yasmin in this latest podcast. Yasmin discussed many issues related to genetic counselling including pharmacogenomics and genetic conditions hypercholesterolemia and cardiac genetics. More info can be found at


Demystifying Genetics with Ron Fleischer

It was a pleasure having Ron as my first guest on my podcast. We covered many topics including Ron's private genetic counselling practice in Sydney, Australia, what genetic counselling actually is, prenatal genetic counselling, expanded carrier testing and the professional body for clinical genetics in Australia; the Human Genetics Society of Australasia. More info can be found at


Demystifying Genetics with Matt Burgess

This is the first podcast in a series called Demystifying Genetics where I, Matt Burgess, Genetic Counsellor am interviewed by my partner Daniel Goodfellow. Podcasts to follow will have me interviewing genetic counsellors and others working in or involved with genetics. More information can be found at