Conjoint Lecturer

Ms Bronwyn Terrill

Master of Education (specialising in Educational Technologies), Monash University. Research: Exploring opportunities to develop students’ genomic literacy – as a subset of scientific literacy – in Australian secondary schools

Graduate Certificate of Applied Science (Scientific & Technical Writing), Deakin University

Graduate Diploma of Education (Secondary: Biology and Chemistry), Monash University

Graduate Diploma in Scientific Communication (Distinction), Australian National University

Bachelor of Science (Biochemistry, Organic Chemistry), University of Queensland, Brisbane

Medicine & Health
School of Clinical Medicine

Bronwyn is a science communicator, educator, researcher and writer working in Clinical Engagement and Translation at the Garvan Institute of Medical Research. She focuses on developing strategic approaches to engage and educate public and professional audiences in genomic medicine. She is an investigator on national projects focused on genomics workforce and education, genetic literacy, teaching with molecular animations, and community engagement with genomics. She has a part time role in Workforce Education with Australian Genomics. 

In past roles in Australia, the US and UK, Bronwyn has focused on engaging different audiences with genetics, genomics and molecular biology. She has curated museum exhibitions in Australia, the US and the UK, and developed education programs for school students, teachers, professionals and public audiences. Bronwyn produced award-winning online resources for Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory’s Dolan DNA Learning Center on molecular biology, genetics and cancer. She also established and managed the public engagement team for the largest genome centre in Europe, the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute.

Throughout her career, Bronwyn’s focus has shifted between collaborations generating data and experience, directly producing resources, advising on large public projects and enabling researchers in their own public engagement efforts. She has advised on exhibitions for the Science Museum and Natural History Museum in London, and significantly contributed to innovative education and public engagement collaborations, including educational resources, travelling exhibitions and events, alternate reality games, and a range of broadcast media.

Phone
0458454546
  • Book Chapters | 2007
    Terrill B, 2007, 'Communication by scientists or stars?', in Journalism, Science and Society: Science Communication between News and Public Relations, pp. 183 - 192, http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9780203942314
  • Journal articles | 2022
    Lacaze PA; Tiller J; Winship I; Winship I; Brotchie A; McNeil J; Zalcberg J; Thomas D; Milne R; James P; Delatycki M; Young MA; Nowak K; Nguyen-Dumont T; Southey M; Ademi Z; Bruinsma F; Riaz M; Terrill B; Kirk J; Tucker K; Andrews L; Pachter N; Susman R; Poplawski N; Wallis M; Watts G; Nicholls S; Macrae F; Sturm A; Green R; Ahern S; Revote J; Von Saldern S; Powell S; Rice T, 2022, 'Population DNA screening for medically actionable disease risk in adults', Medical Journal of Australia, vol. 216, pp. 278 - 280, http://dx.doi.org/10.5694/mja2.51454
    Journal articles | 2022
    Patterson K; Terrill B; Dorfman BS; Blonder R; Yarden A, 2022, 'Molecular animations in genomics education: designing for whom?', Trends in Genetics, vol. 38, pp. 517 - 520, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.tig.2022.03.003
    Journal articles | 2022
    Pearce A; Terrill B; Alffenaar JW; Patanwala AE; Kummerfeld S; Day R; Young MA; Stocker SL, 2022, 'Pharmacogenomic testing: perception of clinical utility, enablers and barriers to adoption in Australian hospitals', Internal Medicine Journal, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/imj.15719
    Journal articles | 2022
    Willis AM; Terrill B; Pearce A; McEwen A; Ballinger ML; Young MA, 2022, 'My Research Results: a program to facilitate return of clinically actionable genomic research findings', European Journal of Human Genetics, vol. 30, pp. 363 - 366, http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/s41431-021-00973-z
    Journal articles | 2021
    Cusack MB; Hickerton C; Nisselle A; McClaren B; Terrill B; Gaff C; Dunlop K; Metcalfe S, 2021, 'General practitioners' views on genomics, practice and education A qualitative interview study', Australian Journal of General Practice, vol. 50, pp. 747 - 752, http://dx.doi.org/10.31128/AJGP-05-20-5448
    Journal articles | 2021
    McKnight L; Pearce A; Willis A; Young MA; Terrill B, 2021, 'Supporting teachers to use genomics as a context in the classroom: an evaluation of learning resources for high school biology', Journal of Community Genetics, vol. 12, pp. 653 - 662, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s12687-021-00550-3
    Journal articles | 2021
    Nisselle A; Janinski M; Martyn M; McClaren B; Kaunein N; Maguire J; Riggs ER; Barlow-Stewart K; Belcher A; Bernat JA; Best S; Bishop M; Carroll JC; Cornel M; Dissanayake VHW; Dodds A; Dunlop K; Garg G; Gear R; Graves D; Knight K; Korf B; Kumar D; Laurino M; Ma A; Mallett A; McCarthy M; McEwen A; Mulder N; Patel C; Quinlan C; Reed K; Sinnerbrink I; Slavotinek A; Suppiah V; Terrill B; Tobias ES; Tonkin E; Trumble S; Wessels TM; Metcalfe S; Jordan H; Gaff C, 2021, 'Ensuring best practice in genomics education and evaluation: reporting item standards for education and its evaluation in genomics (RISE2 Genomics)', Genetics in Medicine, vol. 23, pp. 1356 - 1365, http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/s41436-021-01140-x
    Journal articles | 2021
    Nisselle A; King EA; McClaren B; Janinski M; Metcalfe S; Gaff C; Dunlop K, 2021, 'Measuring physician practice, preparedness and preferences for genomic medicine: a national survey', BMJ OPEN, vol. 11, http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2020-044408
    Journal articles | 2021
    Pysar R; Wallingford CK; Boyle J; Campbell SB; Eckstein L; McWhirter R; Terrill B; Jacobs C; McInerney-Leo AM, 2021, 'Australian human research ethics committee members’ confidence in reviewing genomic research applications', European Journal of Human Genetics, vol. 29, pp. 1811 - 1818, http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/s41431-021-00951-5
    Journal articles | 2021
    Tutty E; Hickerton C; Terrill B; McClaren B; Tytherleigh R; Stackpoole E; Savard J; Newson A; Middleton A; Nisselle A; Cusack M; Adamski M; Gaff C; Metcalfe S, 2021, 'The expectations and realities of nutrigenomic testing in australia: A qualitative study', Health Expectations, vol. 24, pp. 670 - 686, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/hex.13216
    Journal articles | 2020
    Savard J; Terrill B; Dunlop K; Samanek A; Metcalfe SA, 2020, 'Human Genetics Society of Australasia Position Statement: Online DNA Testing', Twin Research and Human Genetics, vol. 23, pp. 256 - 258, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/thg.2020.67
    Journal articles | 2019
    Dorfman BS; Terrill B; Patterson K; Yarden A; Blonder R, 2019, 'Teachers personalize videos and animations of biochemical processes: results from a professional development workshop', Chemistry Education Research and Practice, vol. 20, pp. 772 - 786, http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/c9rp00057g
    Journal articles | 2019
    Dwarte T; Barlow-Stewart K; O’Shea R; Dinger ME; Terrill B, 2019, 'Role and practice evolution for genetic counseling in the genomic era: The experience of Australian and UK genetics practitioners', Journal of Genetic Counseling, vol. 28, pp. 378 - 387, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/jgc4.1053
    Journal articles | 2019
    Fleming J; Terrill B; Dziadek M; Kirk EP; Roscioli T; Barlow-Stewart K, 2019, 'Personal genomic screening: How best to facilitate preparedness of future clients', European Journal of Medical Genetics, vol. 62, pp. 397 - 404, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ejmg.2019.05.006
    Journal articles | 2019
    Metcalfe SA; Hickerton C; Savard J; Stackpoole E; Tytherleigh R; Tutty E; Terrill B; Turbitt E; Gray K; Middleton A; Wilson B; Newson AJ; Gaff C, 2019, 'Australians’ perspectives on support around use of personal genomic testing: Findings from the Genioz study', European Journal of Medical Genetics, vol. 62, pp. 290 - 299, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ejmg.2018.11.002
    Journal articles | 2019
    Nisselle A; Martyn M; Jordan H; Kaunein N; McEwen A; Patel C; Terrill B; Bishop M; Metcalfe S; Gaff C, 2019, 'Ensuring Best Practice in Genomic Education and Evaluation: A Program Logic Approach', Frontiers in Genetics, vol. 10, http://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fgene.2019.01057
    Journal articles | 2019
    Savard J; Hickerton C; Tytherleigh R; Terrill B; Turbitt E; Newson AJ; Wilson B; Gray K; Gaff C; Middleton A; Stackpoole E; Metcalfe SA, 2019, 'Australians’ views and experience of personal genomic testing: survey findings from the Genioz study', European Journal of Human Genetics, vol. 27, pp. 711 - 720, http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/s41431-018-0325-x
    Journal articles | 2018
    Metcalfe SA; Hickerton C; Savard J; Terrill B; Turbitt E; Gaff C; Gray K; Middleton A; Wilson B; Newson AJ, 2018, 'Australians’ views on personal genomic testing: focus group findings from the Genioz study', European Journal of Human Genetics, vol. 26, pp. 1101 - 1112, http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/s41431-018-0151-1
    Journal articles | 2017
    Gray K; Stephen R; Terrill B; Wilson B; Middleton A; Tytherleigh R; Turbitt E; Gaff C; Savard J; HIckerton C; Newson A; Metcalfe S, 2017, 'Consumer health informatics aspects of direct-to-consumer personal genomic testing', Studies in Health Technology and Informatics, vol. 245, http://dx.doi.org/10.3233/978-1-61499-830-3-89
    Journal articles | 2017
    Gray K; Stephen R; Terrill B; Wilson B; Middleton A; Tytherleigh R; Turbitt E; Gaff C; Savard J; Hickerton C; Newson A; Metcalfe S, 2017, 'Consumer Health Informatics Aspects of Direct-to-Consumer Personal Genomic Testing', Europe PMC, vol. 245, pp. 89 - 93, http://europepmc.org/abstract/med/29295058
    Journal articles | 2014
    Mattick JS; Dziadek MA; Terrill BN; Kaplan W; Spigelman AD; Bowling FG; Dinger ME, 2014, 'The impact of genomics on the future of medicine and health', Medical Journal of Australia, vol. 201, pp. 17 - 20, http://dx.doi.org/10.5694/mja13.10920
  • Conference Abstracts | 2021
    Willis A; Terrill B; Pearce A; McEwen A; Ballinger M; Milne R; Bruinsma F; Tiller J; Lacaze P; Young M-A, 2021, 'My Research Results supporting researchers to return clinically actionable genetic research findings', in ASIA-PACIFIC JOURNAL OF CLINICAL ONCOLOGY, WILEY, Vol. 17, pp. 36 - 37, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000693805000064&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a29b250adbe88d1
    Conference Papers | 2019
    Wilson B; Savard J; Hickerton C; Terrill B; Newson A; Gaff C; Gray K; Middleton A; Metcalfe S, 2019, '12 ‘Recreational’ consumer genomics: no such thing as a non-medical test', in Poster Presentations, BMJ Publishing Group Ltd, presented at Preventing Overdiagnosis Abstracts, December 2019, Sydney, Australia, http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmjebm-2019-pod.118
    Conference Abstracts | 2018
    McClaren B; Prichard Z; Nisselle AE; Crellin E; Janinski M; Ng L; Zilliacus E; Dunlop K; Graves D; Terrill B; Newson A; Gaff C; Metcalfe SA, 2018, 'The changing clinical practice of genomic medicine: what are the preferences of and education/training needs of health professionals?', in EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF HUMAN GENETICS, NATURE PUBLISHING GROUP, Milan, ITALY, Vol. 27, pp. 700 - 700, presented at 51st Conference of the European-Society-of-Human-Genetics (ESHG) in conjunction with the European Meeting on Psychosocial Aspects of Genetics (EMPAG), Milan, ITALY, 16 June 2018 - 19 June 2018, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000489313105160&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a29b250adbe88d1
    Conference Abstracts | 2018
    Savard J; Hickerton C; Metcalfe S; Terrill B; Newson A; Gaff C; Gray K; Middleton A; Wilson B, 2018, 'Working with the public: engaging with consumers about the ethics of and decision to pursue personal genomic testing', in EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF HUMAN GENETICS, NATURE PUBLISHING GROUP, Milan, ITALY, Vol. 27, pp. 692 - 692, presented at 51st Conference of the European-Society-of-Human-Genetics (ESHG) in conjunction with the European Meeting on Psychosocial Aspects of Genetics (EMPAG), Milan, ITALY, 16 June 2018 - 19 June 2018, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000489313105144&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a29b250adbe88d1
    Conference Abstracts | 2018
    Tutty E; Hickerton C; Adamski M; Savard J; Terrill B; Newson A; Gaff C; Gray K; Middleton A; Wilson B; Metcalfe S, 2018, '"I just wanted answers": Exploring personal genomic testing for nutrition and wellness', in EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF HUMAN GENETICS, NATURE PUBLISHING GROUP, Milan, ITALY, Vol. 27, pp. 742 - 743, presented at 51st Conference of the European-Society-of-Human-Genetics (ESHG) in conjunction with the European Meeting on Psychosocial Aspects of Genetics (EMPAG), Milan, ITALY, 16 June 2018 - 19 June 2018, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000489313105252&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a29b250adbe88d1
    Conference Papers | 2017
    Metcalfe SA; Tytherleigh R; Hickerton C; Savard J; Terrill B; Turbitt E; Stackpoole E; Gaff C; Gray K; Middleton A; Wilson B; Newson A, 2017, 'Australian public's awareness, use and interest in health-related and recreational personal genomic testing', in EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF HUMAN GENETICS, NATURE PUBLISHING GROUP, Copenhagen, DENMARK, pp. 802 - 803, presented at 50th European-Society-of-Human-Genetics (ESHG) Conference, Copenhagen, DENMARK, 27 May 2017 - 30 May 2017, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000489312606346&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a29b250adbe88d1

Barriers and Enablers to Education on Genomic Health for Primary and High School Students with Intellectual Disability (CI: Iva Strnadová, UNSW seed funding)

MRFF-funded DNAScreen genomic screening study (CI: Paul Lacaze, 2021-2025)

113531 2015-2020 Australian Genomics Health Alliance (BN Terrill Chief Investigator, 1 of 83) Preparing Australia for Genomic Medicine: $25,000,000 (National Health and Medical Research Council). Member of the Program 4 Working Group for Genomic Workforce, Education and Ethics.

Bronwyn became directly involved in research in 2015 in areas that span genetic literacy, genomics education in health, and public expectations of personal genomic tests.

Bronwyn is an investigator on the MRFF-funded DNAScreen genomic screening study (2021-2025). She is also an investigator on a subsection of the geneEQUAL study, researching genomics education in schools for people with intellectual disability. She was an investigator with the  Australian Genomics Health Alliance and a member of the Program 4 Working Group for Genomic Workforce, Education and Ethics, funded by the NHMRC for Preparing Australia for Genomic Medicine (113531; 2015-2020) and a partner investigator on the ARC-funded Genioz mixed-methods study (2015-2018 DP 150100597) Understanding the Australian public's expectations of personalised genomics and led the development of evidence-based resources on personal genomic tests. 

She is also working on international, national and local collaborations focused on

  • community awareness and genetic literacy regarding genomic technologies in genetic screening;
  • health professionals' attitudes to and knowledge of pharmacogenomic testing;
  • mainstreaming genomic testing;
  • teaching with molecular animations; and
  • community engagement with genomics and gene editing.