Tracks available for clinicians, scientists and patients

The HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology will host the inaugural Genomic Medicine Conference August 8-10 on its Huntsville campus. The Genomic Medicine Conference: Empowering Personal Health focuses on advancing knowledge in the field of genomic medicine in a clinical care setting. The interdisciplinary and international program is designed to educate a broad audience – including clinicians and scientists as well as members of the general public – about clinical whole genome sequencing (WGS) and how genomic medicine is increasingly being integrated into clinical care.

Through the event, attendees will gain a basic overview of genomic medicine and the future of personalized medicine. A distinguished roster of experts will discuss new findings, best practices and challenges facing the implementation of genomic medicine. Physicians can learn how to formulate a strategy for genomic testing, interpret genomic test results and implement best practices in the delivery of genomic test results to patients and families. Clinicians can expect to receive up to 10 hours of educational material during the three-day conference.

Dr. Neil Lamb to host tracks for patients and the public

In addition, unlike many scientific conferences, the Genomic Medicine Conference offers two educational tracks for patients and members of the public.

One of the patient tracks focuses on rare undiagnosed and misdiagnosed disease. Attendees and families of the attendees can learn how WGS is increasingly being used as a diagnostic tool. Attendees will also have an opportunity to learn about the information that sequencing could potentially offer them and to network with people who are experiencing a similar situation.

“As genomic medicine is integrated into clinical care, it is not only the clinicians but also the patients who will need to know more about genomics and its short and long-term impact on patients and their families,” said Kelly East, a genetic counselor at HudsonAlpha and member of the conference organizing committee. “Attendees will be empowered with knowledge to inform their decisions about genomic sequencing, as well as the opportunity to network with other individuals making similar decisions,” East added.

A second patient track is designed for adult adoptees. In the absence of family health history, WGS could be used to provide information about disease risk or carrier status as well as details about how individuals may respond to specific medications.

“We’re proud to give patients and adoptees this opportunity to learn how cutting-edge genomics research and technology is being incorporated into clinical practice,” said Dr. Neil Lamb, vice president for educational outreach at HudsonAlpha and emcee for the event.

Conference attendees in both patient tracks have the opportunity to have their genomes sequenced in advance of the conference. Sequencing is an additional fee and is not a requirement for attending.

Register for Genomic Medicine Conference

To learn more about the conference and to register, visit the conference website.

Learn more about genomic research from GenomeWeb

GenomeWeb, an online news source for genomics, genetics, and life science news, is a media partner for the Genomic Medicine Conference. To receive GenomeWeb news on emerging technologies or other subjects related to the life science industry, visit hudsonalpha.org/genome-web.

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