Associate Professor, University of British Columbia
Alison M. Elliott, a PhD geneticist and board certified genetic counsellor, is a leader in genetic and genomic counselling research. She obtained her Honours Bachelor of Science degree in Life Sciences at Queen's University in Kingston Ontario, her Master's in Science in Genetic Counselling at the University of Cincinnati in Ohio, and her PhD from the University of Manitoba studying rare skeletal disorders. She has certification in Health Services Leadership and Management and Teaching. Her research program includes rare disease, genomics, genetic counselling and health implementation science and she has >100 publications. She is committed to "finding the answer"for families who have a child with a rare disease. She is a tenured Associate Professor in the Department of Medical Genetics at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, British Columbia and is an Investigator at both the BC Children's and Women's Hospital Research Institutes. She leads precision health initiatives in the pediatric and neonatal divisions at BC Children's and Women's Hospitals and is currently the Project Lead for the Genome Canada Large-Scale Applied Research Project grant "GenCOUNSEL – Optimization of Genetic counselling with implementation of genome-wide sequencing"– the largest research genetic counselling grant ever funded (bcchr.ca/GENCOUNSEL). She is the Associate Director, Research for the UBC MSc Genetic Counselling Program. In 2018 Alison was awarded the Canadian Association of Genetic Counsellors (CAGC) Professional Practice, Innovation and Advocacy Leadership national award.