Genetics eLearning for Medicine in Ireland (GEMINI)


The GEMINI project, or Genetics Elearning for Medicine IIreland aims to increase awareness of genetic conditions, genetic testing and diagnosis amongst healthcare professionals via educational presentations, videos and media and to assist in integrating tertiary genetics practice with mainstream medicine.

The project was co-funded by a University College Dublin Community Engagement Seed Funding Grant 2104 (SF1028) with additional support from Shire Pharmaceuticals.


How to Draw a Family Tree

Number of Slides: 11

Duration: Approximately 6 minutes

Presenter: Sally Ann Lynch, Consultant Clinical Geneticist, University College Dublin


This presentation illustrates how to draw a family tree of a patient using genetic Symbols.

genetic symbols


Additional Resources: How to draw a Family Tree animations

The animations below demonstrate the steps involved in drawing a family tree and how to use the family tree to determine the likely inheritance pattern and recurrence risk.

Cascade Screening in Genetics

Number of Slides: 16

Duration: Approximately 8 minutes

Presenter: Prof Sally Ann Lynch, Consultant Clinical Geneticist


This presentation discusses the process of Cascade screening in Genetics, why it is useful and the advantages and disadvantages of the process.


Prof Sally Ann Lynch, Consultant Geneticist

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Prof Sally Ann Lynch has worked as a Consultant Clinical Geneticist since 1996. She was appointed to CHI at Temple Street & CHI at Crumlin in January 2004. She is a member of the UCD Academic Centre on Rare Diseases (ACoRD). She was recently appointed to the National Rare Disease Office in December 2015. 

Her research interests are in rare disease gene identification and its translation into the clinical setting.  She has an interest in education using new technologies and has developed a microsite which contains a series of short animated videos on inheritance patterns and chromosome abnormalities, as well as information for use by GPs and other Health care professionals on common topics in genetics.

How to Identify a High-Risk Family History of Cancer

Number of Slides: 14

Duration: Approximately 8 minutes

Presenter: Rosie O’Shea, Genetic Counsellor, Mater Misercordaie University Hospital

This presentation details how to identify a high-risk hereditary breast and ovarian cancer family history from taking a family tree, and the genetic tests available to affected families.

Breast cancer family history

Rosie O’Shea, Genetic Counsellor

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Rosie O’Shea is a Genetic Counsellor and is currently working in the Cancer Genetic Service in The Mater Hospital and as a lecturer to the undergraduate genetics programme in University College Cork (UCC). She obtained her undergraduate degree in Genetics from UCC and went on to Cardiff University to train on the Master of Genetic Counselling programme. She has previously worked as a genetic counsellor at the National Centre for Inherited Metabolic Disorders in CHI at Temple Street and the Department of Clinical Genetics in CHI at Crumlin.

More recently she has contributed to the establishment of the National Office for Rare Disorders in the Mater Hospital. She is also a board member on The Genetic and Rare Disorders Organisation (GRDO) and an active member of the Rare Disease Taskforce. Her research interests are in the area of service development and education in clinical genetics and she has published research in this area.

Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy & Other Inherited Cardiac Muscle Disorders (Part 1)

Number of Slides: 17

Duration: Approximately 10 minutes

Presenter: Prof Catherine McGorrian, Consultant Cardiologist & Acute Physician, Mater Misercordaie University Hospital


This presentation looks at Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy and some other inherited cardiac muscle disorders, or Cardiomyopathies


Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy & Other Inherited Cardiac Muscle Disorders (Part 2)

Number of Slides: 15

Duration: Approximately 15 minutes

Presenter: Prof Catherine McGorrian, Consultant Cardiologist & Acute Physician, Mater Misercordaie University Hospital


This presentation looks at Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy and the role of family screening for patients and families affected by this condition.


Dr Catherine McGorrian, Consultant Cardiologist

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Dr Catherine McGorrian MSc PhD MRCPI is a Consultant Cardiologist and Acute Physician working from the Mater Heart House, where she has been involved in the Family Heart Screening Clinic since 2010. This clinic provides services including screening and management for families affected by genetic cardiac conditions, and for families who have been affected by sudden arrhythmic death syndrome. Her research interests include the inherited channelopathies, biomarkers in cardiomyopathies, and genotype-phenotype correlations in inherited cardiac diseases.


Sudden Cardiac Death

Number of Slides: 21

Duration: Approximately 20 minutes

Presenter: Prof Joe Galvin, Consultant Cardiologist, Mater Misercordaie University Hospital

This presentation discusses sudden cardiac death and inherited cardiac diseases, focusing on causes and risks, specifically on long QT syndrome.


Prof Joe Galvin, Consultant Cardiologist / Cardiac Electrophysiologist

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Prof Joe Galvin is a Consultant Cardiologist / Cardiac Electrophysiologist at the Mater and Connolly Hospitals in Dublin. He undertook his General Medical training in Beaumont Hospital, Dublin and Albany Medical Centre, New York and Cardiology training in the Mater Hospital, Dublin, University of Vermont and Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston. His primary area of interest is cardiac arrhythmias and the prevention of sudden cardiac death.

Additional Resources: Prof Joe Galvin Video Q+A

In this video Prof Joe Galvin address some common queries for healthcare professionals dealing with Sudden ArrhythmicDeath Syndrome (S.A.D.S) and Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (H.O.C.M).



GEMINI Principal Investigator: Prof Sally Ann Lynch FRCPI

GEMINI Project manager: Jillian Casey PhD

Development, animation, video, audio & interactive design: UCD Media Services

Web publishing & support: UCD School of Medicine



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