Teaching & Training Workgroup

Pr Laurence Faivre (Dijon, France)

Pr Giuseppe Zampino (Roma, Italy)

Workpackage lead

Pr Laurence Faivre (Dijon, France)

Pr Giuseppe Zampino (Roma, Italy)

Key objectives

The objective here is to organise a programme for teaching and training activities to increase and disseminate skills and knowledge in the field of developmental anomalies and ID, and apply them to patient care. Training will be developed through different means: direct actions such as collaboration with European university programmes in Genetics and Developmental Biology, or trainee exchange programmes and meetings for young geneticists, as well as through supporting calls such as the CEF-Telecom project (2018 call), and the involvement of ITHACA in WP16 of the EJP-RD (see 1.2.2).

We will assess the number of formal educational activities (i.e. those accruing higher educational credits) or traineeships aimed at healthcare professionals organised by the ERN; the number of meetings of the Young Geneticists Network; the number of contributions to Orphanet (clinical summaries, entry coding…); the number of educational webinars or other digital educational tools aimed at healthcare professionals developed by the ERN.


Using a combination of conventional and eLearning (European Master’s programme in Genetics module, serious game, MOOC), to allow non-specialists and future ITHACA specialists and geneticists to acquire the knowledge needed to understand, diagnose and orient patients with such disorders.

D8.1: Set up a module in a European Master’s in Genetics programme. Create a Master’s level module covering new advances in ITHACA-specific disorders and research domains for European students.

D8.2: Develop a web-based learning tool for non-specialists to handle patients with ID/developmental anomalies. Development and availability online of a serious game on handing rare ID patients for nonspecialists (partly funded through CEF eHealth call).

D8.3: Develop an eLearning module for specialists to learn how to handle ID/developmental anomalies Create MOOC on bioinformatics methods and protocols to study ITHACA disorders in collaboration with the Young Geneticists Network (ESHG-Young) (partly funded through CEF eHealth call).