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2024 NSGC Member Webinar Series

January 31: I AM ALS Tim Lowrey Panel Series

Presented by: Neurogenetics SIG
Speakers: Gia Polo, Caroline Tredway, Debbie Lower, Bonnie Woolston, Rod Malloy, and Mindy Uhrlaub.

Learning Objectives:

  • Educate the audience about what ALS is, its onset symptoms, and disease progression.
  • Review available treatments which have the potential to slow progression.
  • Discuss familial ALS.
  • Emphasize the importance of prompt diagnosis.

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February 14, 2024; 12:00p.m. - 1:00p.m. CT

Title: Clonal Hematopoiesis (CHIP) for Genetic Counselors
Presented by: Cancer SIG
Speakers: Julia Cooper, MS, CGC; Kelsey Moriarty, MS, CGC; Misha Rashkin, MS, CGC.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe clonal hematopoiesis of indeterminate potential (CHIP).
  • Recognize CHIP in a genetic counseling patient.
  • Summarize actions taken by genetic counselors when finding CHIP in their patients.
  • Illustrate cases of CHIP in a GC clinic.

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March 13, 2024; 12:00p.m. - 1:00p.m. CT

Gene Therapy Webinar
Title: 
Gene Therapy: A Comprehensive Overview
Speaker: Noah Palmieri, PharmD RPh.

Learning Objectives

  • Define gene therapy.
  • Analyze gene therapy approaches.
  • Discuss the history of gene therapy and current landscape.
  • Compare general differences between vectors.

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March 20, 2024; 12:00p.m. - 1:00p.m. CT

Title: Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (J.E.D.I.) in NSGC: Updates, Resources, and Best Practices*
Presented by: J.E.D.I. Stewardship Committee
Description: Join the Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (J.E.D.I.) Stewardship Committee and partnering Committees and SIGs to learn more about NSGC's J.E.D.I. initiatives and resources developed for genetic counselors, genomic healthcare professionals, educators, and students across disciplines. Learn more about how you can get involved in J.E.D.I. efforts across NSGC. NSGC members will earn free CEUs for participating in the live webinar!

*Please note that the J.E.D.I. Webinar is separate from the NSGC Educational Series Webinar Package, and requires separate registration provided in the registration link below.

Learning Objectives

  • Summarize NSGC's J.E.D.I. Action Plan and 2024 J.E.D.I. Organizational Assessment Survey. 
  • Analyze how to utilize J.E.D.I. resources to create inclusive workplaces and advance health equity for patients.
  • Discuss accessible presentation tips and J.E.D.I. educational opportunities from the Education Committee.
  • Identify ways for managers to create an inclusive workspace as presented by the Membership Equity & Inclusion Implementation (EII) Subcommittee.
  • Review toolkits developed by the Cancer SIG Antiracism Subcommittee and Cancer SIG Gender Inclusion Subcommittee on building more inclusive genetic counseling programs for instructors and students and providing gender-inclusive care for patients.
  • Explore the importance of equity in genomic healthcare and the healthcare disparities that impact genomic medicine from the Genomic Technologies SIG.
  • Utilize tools and tips developed by the Prenatal SIG to learn more about Reproductive Justice and providing supportive and equitable care to patients.

March 27, 2024; 12:00p.m. - 1:00p.m. CT

Title: Genetic Counseling & Supportive Care 
Presented by: Inpatient SIG
Speakers: Leslie KW Cyprych, MS, MPH, CGC; Kristen Thompson, PA-C; Heather Valente, PA-C.

Learning Objectives

  • Differentiate between supportive, palliative, and hospice care and recognize when consulting these services will be beneficial.
  • Develop new strategies for having difficult conversations with patients and their families.
  • Examine the collaborative relationship between Genetic Counselors and Supportive Care using case examples.
  • Recognize the ethical considerations and challenges involved in providing genetic counseling within supportive care settings, such as addressing sensitive topics, respecting patient autonomy, and ensuring cultural competence.

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April 10, 2024; 12:00p.m. - 1:00p.m. CT

Title: Health Disparities in Cystic Fibrosis Screening, Diagnosis, and Treatment
Presented by: Cystic Fibrosis and CFTR Spectrum SIG
Speakers: Karen Raraigh, MGC, CGC; Meghan McGarry, MD, MAS.

Learning Objectives

  • Distinguish between the previously-recommended CFTR variants for CF carrier screening (ACMG 23) and the new recommended variants (ACMG 100) in terms of carrier detection rate within the US population.
  • Describe the benefits and limitations of the datasets utilized in the recommendation to increase the minimum number of CFTR variants for CF carrier screening.
  • Assess inequities in cystic fibrosis newborn screening case detection rates across the US population.
  • Relate health disparities in cystic fibrosis newborn screening, diagnosis, and treatment to morbidity and mortality outcomes.

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April 24, 2024; 12:00p.m. - 1:00p.m. CT

Title: Ethical Scrutiny of Gamete Donation Guidelines & Practices
Presented by: ART/Infertility SIG
Speakers: Katherine Hornberger, MS, CGC.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe ASRM's gamete donor eligibility guidelines related to genetic testing and family medical history.
  • Apply ASRM's guidelines in gamete donor applicant review.
  • Evaluate the necessity of additional guidelines by gamete banks.
  • Conceptualize how current practices in gamete donation may perpetuate an ableist and/or eugenic agenda.

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May 8, 2024; 12:00p.m. - 1:00p.m. CT

Title: Developing Dynamic Leaders: Unleashing Potential and Empowering Future Leaders in Genetic Counseling
Presented by: Leadership and Management SIG
Speakers: Hannah Anderson, MS, CGC; Carol Brooks, MS, CGC; Michelle Takemoto, MS, CGC

Learning Objectives

  • Define several leadership frameworks.
  • Identify leadership resources both within NSGC and outside of NSGC.
  • Learn how to foster leadership skills in genetic counselors.
  • Recognize the importance and developing leadership in minority genetic counselors.

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May 22, 2024; 12:00p.m. - 1:00p.m. CT

Title: Current and Emerging Therapies in Metabolic Disorders
Presented by: Metabolism SIG
Speakers: Kristen Ondy, MS, LCGC; Raymond Wang, MD

Learning Objectives

  • Discuss various treatment approaches in metabolism
  • Describe the mechanisms behind current and emerging metabolic therapeutic technologies
  • Detail progress made in the metabolic therapeutic space over the last three decades
  • Explore the use of gene therapy as a treatment for metabolic disorders

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June 5, 2024; 12:00p.m. - 1:00p.m. CT

Title: Combating Bio-essentialism in Clinical Genetics
Presented by: Psychiatric SIG
SpeakersKayla Retallick-Townsley, Phd; Carina Seah, PhD

Learning Objectives

  • Describe the concept of biological essentialism and how it plays a role in perpetuating racism, sexism, and ableism.
  • Critically appraise the role of ‘binaries’ in biological essentialism and the impact this has on clinical genetics.
  • Identify practical ways in which one can address essentialist misconceptions as genetic counselors.

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June 12, 2024; 12:00p.m. - 1:00p.m. CT

Title: Research Updates for Parkinson's Disease (PD) Genetics
Presented by: Neurogenetics SIG
SpeakersLola Cook Shukla, MS, CGC; Valentina Caceres, MS, CGC

Learning Objectives

  • Explore research updates about PD genetics
  • Translate new information regarding PD genetics into improved care
  • Identify specific PD genetics resources
  • Describe current global efforts for PD genetics research

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June 20, 2024; 12:00p.m. - 1:00p.m. CT

Title: Expand Genetic Testing for Alport Syndrome - Implications for Genetic Counselors 
Presented by: Renal SIG
Speakers Dr. Clifford Kashtan, MD; Mary-Beth Roberts, MS, CGC

Learning Objectives

  • Participants will become familiar with the genetics of Alport syndrome and the relationships between genotype, natural history, and response to treatment.
  • Examine the expansion of genetic testing for Alport syndrome beyond patients with the "classical" triad of kidney disease, hearing loss, and ocular changes.
  • Explore the components of comprehensive care for patients and families diagnosed with Alport syndrome.
  • Evaluate counseling dilemmas, particularly for patients with heterozygous variants in Alport genes.

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July 3, 2024; 12:00p.m. - 1:00p.m. CT

Title: Utilizing the Pediatric Genetic Counselor Skillset in Specialty Clinics: A Deep Dive into Hearing Loss Clinic Models 
Presented by:  Pediatric and Clinical Genetics SIG with the Ophthalmology and Hearing Loss SIG
Speakers Marina Dutra-Clarke MS, CGC and Shay Guetz-Lindahl, MS, CGC

Learning Objectives

  • Describe the current landscape of newborn hearing screening, The 1-3-6 guidelines, and referral to Genetics services
  • Examine service delivery models including genetic counselor-only and multidisciplinary clinic for patients referred for hearing loss
  • Assess referral triage considerations pre and post genetic

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