Genetic Counseling Aids, 2013

The Greenwood Genetic Center's 6th edition Genetic Counseling Aids is now available.

CA.screenshot webThe Counseling Aids is designed for use by genetic counselors, educators and other genetic healthcare professionals for patient education and student instruction.

The 6th edition includes improved organization with expanded content in all sections with special emphasis on Cancer Genetics and Biochemical Genetics.

Now in its 6th edition, this book has served as a leader in the field of graphic illustration of genetic principles for over 25 years. Utilizing contemporary graphic arts, the new edition serves to update and depict sometimes difficult concepts explained in conjunction with genetic counseling or classroom instruction.

Genetic Counseling Aids, 6th edition are available as 3-ring binder inserts, CD-ROM and also as Apps for Apple and Android tablets.


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Senior Genetics Scholar Program

The Senior Genetics Scholar Program began in 1997 as an initiative through which internationally recognized scholars are in residence at the Greenwood Genetic Center each year. These scholars supplement the expertise of our faculty, serve as mentors and role models for our medical genetics trainees, assist in our other educational programs, produce scholarly works, conduct research in their areas of expertise and bring considerable attention to the Center programs.

The Senior Genetics Scholar Program represents GGC's effort to stay current in the rapidly changing and challenging field of medical genetics. GGC faculty benefits from the combined experience and backgrounds of these visiting scholars, our medical genetics trainees have the unique opportunity to be mentored by acknowledged experts in diverse areas of genetics specialties and our patients ultimately benefit from the scholars' knowledge and experience.

The length of time each scholar spends on campus varies scholar to scholar and year to year. Individual tours have ranged from three weeks to five months. The program is structured to allow the Scholar to participate fully in the institutional life of the Center.

Potential Senior Genetics Scholars are identified through the clinical, academic, and research activities of the GGC faculty and are invited to join this unique program by the Center Director.

In 2010, through the generosity of Friends of the Greenwood Genetic Center, an Endowment to support the Senior Genetics Scholars Program was initiated in honor of the late Dr. Leslie C. Meyer, noted physician, humanitarian and Friend of the GGC. Contact the Center Director for additional information regarding this Endowment.

The Senior Genetics Scholar Program has been recognized as a Notable Practice by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.

Where Help is Needed

You may designate your gift toward any of the following areas provide an undesignated gift and we will attribute your gift where help is needed most. Thank you for considering the Greenwood Genetic Center Foundation as the recipient of your generous donation.

Diagnostic Services

Each week, individuals and families affected by birth defects and related disabilities get evaluated by our physicians and counselors. Families from every town in South Carolina. Families from every segment of our society. The goal of our physicians and counselors is to find the answers they seek. Hundreds of samples arrive at the Center for testing each week. Every vial holds a question, a life, a family, hopes and dreams, our greatest fears, and our utmost potential. The results we find inform monumental decisions. We feel an awesome responsibility to deliver accurate results and clear genetic diagnoses. Thankfully, for dozens of conditions, these diagnoses hold viable treatments.


No genetic disorder should be beyond the reach of a cure or treatment. Thousands of South Carolina families come to the Center each year in the hope those words will be true for them. We are making real progress, uncovering the basic processes that cause disorders and identifying ways to stop or prevent them. A number of genetic and metabolic conditions already have effective treatments. For evidence of our progress look no further than the new Treatment Center under construction on our Greenwood campus. This building embodies hope for emerging treatments and faith in the realization of future therapies. Led by a dedicated treatment team, the Treatment Center charts new territory through both clinical trials and proven techniques.


Before there was a Human Genome Project, there was the research program at the Greenwood Genetic Center. Our scientists work tirelessly to discover the identity and function of genes causing disorders and disease. Their success places the JC Self Research Institute among the most successful genetic research programs in the world. When the "Eureka!" moment of discovery arrives, it is just as likely to come from Greenwood, South Carolina, as anywhere else on Earth. It is here that we seek to understand the underlying causes and characteristics of birth defects and genetic disorders. If the Treatment Center is where we apply our solutions, the Research Institute is often where we find them.


Any knowledge we gain must be shared. That exchange takes many forms. Visiting scientists and lecturers bring clues and discoveries from other institutions. The Center runs South Carolina's only accredited program for training medical geneticists. The Center's faculty provides courses and mentoring for students at Lander University, Clemson University and the University of South Carolina. High school science teachers attend summer courses at the Center. The Center is also dedicated to providing informational materials and programs for families and communities across South Carolina and the country on preventive measures drawn from our clinical and research experience. Families are able to make informed health care decisions thanks to these educational programs.

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