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Schedule at a Glance

Below is the schedule from the NSGC 41st Annual Conference, which took place November 16-20, 2022. Use this as a guide for how each day of conference is usually structured and watch for the 42nd Annual Conference schedule this Spring.  

Wednesday, November 16

12:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Pre-Conference Symposia*

  • Genetic Counseling for Critically Ill Patients: Roadmap for Professional Development and Patient-Centered Care
  • REAssessing the Use of Race, Ethnicity, Ancestry (REA) Information in Genomic Medicine
  • When Opportunity Knocks, Build A Door: An Interactive Session to Build Successful Business Cases to Solve Everyday Challenges
  • Blood is Thicker: Ethical Genetic Counseling for Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplants in the Age of Genomic Medicine
  • Ready or Not, Here We Are: Preimplantation Genetic Testing for Polygenic Risk. A Multifaceted Examination of the Current Testing and Counseling Landscape.

6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Annual Conference Welcome Event for First Time Attendees

Thursday, November 17

7:45 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.
Sponsored Morning Sessions

  • Sema4/GeneDx - Covering the Care Gaps: Ensuring Access to Streamlined Genomic Medicine Across the Perinatal Stage of Life
  • BillionToOne - Single Gene NIPT: A Deep Dive into Clinical Performance for Autosomal Recessive Conditions and Fetal Antigen Status and Exploration of Edge Cases

9:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.
Opening Remarks

9:15 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Opening Plenary: We're Not in Kansas anymore, Toto! International Genetic Counselors' Experiences in the U.S.

10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Educational Breakout Sessions (EBS)

  • First Steps Towards Systemic Change: Building Frameworks for Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) on Local Levels in the Genetic Counseling Profession
  • Training GC Students Any & Everywhere: Novel Rotation Sites & Structures
  • Getting Ahead of It: Elective, Predictive Genetic Testing for Kids
  • Unlocking Access to Counseling, Testing, Treatment, and Research Through Patient Advocacy and Industry Partnerships 
  • Mending Hearts: Supporting Patients and Families when Grief Persists after Sudden Cardiac Death 

12:30 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. 
Sponsored Afternoon Sessions

  • PerkinElmer - When a Day Makes a Difference: Omics based Testing in Neonatal Care
  • Prevention Genetics - Shopping for NGS Tests in the Genomic Era: Tips to be an Educated Consumer**

2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Workshops (Pre-Registration required)

  • Battling Burnout and the Stress Cycle 
  • Essential Skills for the Novice Job Seeker: Networking, Resume Building, Interviewing, and Negotiating
  • Moving Towards Action: A Case-Based Approach to Culturally Engaged Supervision
  • Counseling in the Moment: Broadening Genetic Counseling Skills Through Applied Improv
  • *Practicar para Placticar: A Spanish Language Genetic Counseling Workshop

2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) and Frontotemporal Degeneration (FTD): Emerging Therapies and Genetic Counseling Considerations

4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Plenary Session: From Vosoritide to Limb-Lengthening: Updates & Perspectives on Treatment Advances in Achondroplasia and Related Disorders

5:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Natalie Weissberger Paul Award Presentation

6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Welcome Reception in the Exhibit Hall

7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Heart of Genetic Counseling Award Presentation

Friday, November 18

7:45 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.
Sponsored Morning Sessions

  • Ambry - Working 9-5: You've Got Passion and a Vision, New Ways to Provide Genetic Counseling
  • Natera - A Journey to 22q11.2 Deletion Syndrome Diagnosis

9:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Janus Lecture: Paved with Good Intentions: Genetic Counseling at the Crossroads
Michelle Takemoto, MS, CGC

9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. 
Exhibit Hall Hours

10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Educational Breakout Sessions (EBS)

  • Debates in Cardiology: Can an Unaffected Family member be the Proband? 
  • The Changing Landscape of the "Carrier" Experience
  • Implementation Science for Genetic Counselors: Tools to Improve Equity and Engagement in Your Practice 
  • Gene Therapy: Challenges, Breakthroughs Learned from Ophthamology, and Opportunities for Genetic Counselors
  • Build Efficacy as a Genetic Counseling Research Committee Mentor and Turn Your Research Ideas into Successful Mentored Research Projects

12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. 
Exhibit Hall Hours

12:30 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. 
Sponsored Afternoon Sessions

  • Invitae - How clinical experts and artificial intelligence work together in an effort to improve genetic testing results
  • AstraZeneca - Germline BRCA Testing in Breast Cancer to Help Inform Clinical Decision**

2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
NSGC State of the Society Address

3:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Incoming Presidential Address

3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Exhibit Hall Hours

3:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.
Platform Presentations

5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
NSGC Professional Issues Panel: Accelerating Health Equity in Genetic Counseling Through Individual and Profession-wide Strategies and Actions

Saturday, November 19

7:45 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. 
Sponsored Morning Sessions

  • Labcorp - Widening the cfNDA horizon, review of genome-wide performance
  • Variantyx - The Benefits of a Whole Genome Platform for Diagnostics In Prenatal, Pediatrics and Beyond

9:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.
Beverly Rollnick Memorial Lecture: Building an Anti-Ableist, Anti-Racist, and Equitable Future: Research, Practice, and Advocacy
Kara Ayers & Dr. Angel Love Miles

10:15 a.m. - 1:45 p.m. 
Exhibit Hall Hours

10:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
Platform Presentations

12:30 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.
Sponsored Afternoon Sessions 

  • Myriad - How Inclusion, Accessibility, Innovation, and Collaboration are Shaping the Future of Precision Medicine
  • Alexion - Recognizing the Clinical Consequences of Low Alkaline Phosphatase (ALP) Diagnosing Hypophosphatasia (HPP)

1:45 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Audrey Heimler Special Projects Award

2:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Jane Engelberg Memorial Fellowship Presentation

3:00 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.
BUILDING Abstracts 

3:45 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Plenary Session: Biological Mechanisms of Disparities in Cancer Risk and Clinical Outcomes of Cancer Diagnoses

4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. 
Exhibit Hall Hours 

Sunday, November 20

7:45 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.
Sponsored Morning Sessions

  • Luna Genetics: A non-invasive Luna Prenatal Genetic Test for detecting chromosomal deletions
  • Alnylam: An Introduction to AMVUTTRA™ (vutrisiran)

9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Educational Breakout Sessions (EBS)

  • Understanding and Accommodating Individuals with Vision and/or Hearing Loss
  • Genetic Testing for APOE: Taboo or To-Do 
  • Working Towards Health Equity in Cancer Genomic Testing
  • From Lethal to Life-Limiting: Paradigm Shift in Caring for Patients with Trisomy 13 or 18
  • Using Big Data Resources to Gain Insight into Disparities in Access to Genetic Counseling

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Late Breaking Plenary Session: After the Fall of Roe: Repercussions for Genetic Counseling Practice

12:00 p.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Abstract Awards

12:30 p.m. - 12:45 p.m.
Closing Remarks

*Requires pre-registration and an additional fee

** Note that these sessions are not eligible for CEU's