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2023 NSGC Webinar Series

2023 Webinar Series

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January 25, 2023; 12:00p.m. - 1:00p.m. CT

Title: Evidence-based Consensus Guidelines for Genetic Counseling and Testing in ALS
Presented by: Neuro SIG
Speaker: Jennifer Roggenbuck, MS, CGC

Learning Objectives

  • Provide an evidence- based genetic testing and counseling to persons with ALS
  • Select appropriate testing laboratory and methodology for C9orf72 and other genes
  • Discuss evidence-based, consensus process for guideline development which may be applied to other neurogenetic evaluations 

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February 8, 2023; 12:00p.m. - 1:00p.m. CT

Title: Building Business Cases to Solve Everyday Problems
Speakers: Breanna Roscow, MS, CGC, John Zimmerman, MS

Learning Objectives

  • Overview the purpose of a business case and the elements required to build one.
  • Understand the relevance of business cases for genetic counselors and recognize opportunities for building a business case.
  • Describe how the core skills used by genetic counselors can be used to build a business case.
  • Review the NSGC business case toolkit and the resources available to help genetic counselors build a business case.

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February 22, 2023; 12:00p.m. - 1:00p.m. CT

Topic: Genome vs exome sequencing: everything you should know
Speaker: Dr. Fen Guo

Learning Objectives

  • Explore the fundamental difference between Exome and Genome sequencing: workflow, coverage, and uniformity
  • Demonstrate the technical superiority of genome sequencing over exome sequencing through case studies

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March 14, 2023; 1:00p.m. - 2:00p.m. CT

Title: Psychiatric genetic counseling: emerging access points through holistic primary care and precision medicine integration 
Presented by: Psychiatric SIG 
Speakers: Prescilla Carrion, MSc, CGC, CCGC; Christine Munro, MS,MPH, CGC; Natasha Berman, MA, MS, MPH, CGC

Learning Objectives

  • Consider new and emerging access points to psychiatric genetic counseling through primary care
  • Compare and consider the different models of service delivery and psychiatric genetic counseling considerations for pre-test counseling and pharmacogenetic results disclosure
  • Examine the experience, including benefits and challenges, of implementing psychopharmacogenetics service delivery through multidisciplinary team based primary care
  •  Describe the unique genetic counselor and pharmacist partnership in the pharmacogenetic (PGx) guided psychiatric medication journey for patients/clients

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March 22, 2023; 11:00a.m. - 12:00p.m. CT

Title: The Genetic Testing Industry: How Things Work and Why They May Need Changing 
Presented by: Genomic Technologies SIG 
Speakers: Lisa Edelmann, Yuriy Schevchenko

Learning Objectives

  • Describe the process involved in bringing an LDT to market
  • Compare the regulatory requirements between FDA and CMS (CLIA)
  •  Examine how global events impact the commercial genetic testing industry

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April 5, 2023; 12:00p.m. - 1:00p.m. CT

Title: When Two is Better than One: Roles for Paired Somatic Testing
Presented by: Cancer SIG
Speakers: Angela Jacobson, MS, CGC, LGC, Colin C. Pritchard, MD, PhD

Learning Objectives

  • Identify clinical scenarios where paired somatic germline testing aids in the diagnostic work up for hereditary cancer
  • Outline the role of paired tumor-normal testing for patients with advanced cancer needing treatment decisions
  • Define clonal hematopoiesis and understand how this phenomenon impacts both plasma cell-free tumor DNA and germline cancer risk testing

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April 19, 2023; 12:00p.m. - 1:00p.m. CT

Title: Personalized Medicine, Pregnancy & Prenatal Counseling; A Modern Look at Cystic Fibrosis 
Presented by: CF and CFTR Spectrum
Speakers: Charlotte Close, MS, CGC and Kimberly Foil, MS, CDC

Learning Objectives

  • Describe how genotype specific treatments have impacted health and quality of life outcomes in cystic fibrosis
  • Identify clinical situations that benefit from genotype specific counseling and discussion of targeted therapeutics
  •  Summarize what is known regarding the effects of CFTR modulators on pregnancy outcomes

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May 3, 2023; 12:00p.m. - 1:00p.m. CT

Title: Beyond BA1 and PM2, Applications of gnomAD data in rare disease
Presented by: Neuro SIG
Speakers: Samantha Baxter; Katherine Chao, BS

Learning Objectives

  • Appreciate the applications of phased rare variation in gnomAD
  • Understand how to use allele frequencies to estimate genetic prevalence 
  • Examine how the makeup of gnomAD impacts the interpretation of these estimates 

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May 17, 2023; 11:00 a.m. - 12:00p.m. CT

Title: The New Newborn Screening: Changes and Advancements Over the Last 30 Years
Presented by: Metabolism/ LSD SIG
Speakers: Kelly Jackson; Aishwarya Siddharth; Cutis Coughlin; Amy Gaviglio; Ryan Kuehl 

Learning Objectives

  • Review the history of NBS
  • Understand the process of adding a condition to the RUSP
  • Identify categories of disorders included on NBS, past and present
  • Identify the challenges of large scale implementation of genomic newborn screening

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June 14, 2023; 12:00p.m. - 1:00p.m. CT

Title:"Conversaciones Cruciales para la Equidad: Experiencias de Consejeros Genéticos en la Contratación Inclusiva y Asesoría Genética en Español" - Crucial Conversations for Equity: Genetic Counselors' Experiences in Inclusive Hiring and Spanish Genetic Counseling 
Presented by: Collaboration: Leadership & Management and Spanish Development
Speakers: Carrie Atzinger; Brittany Thomas; Priscila Delgado Hodges; Valentina Caceres; Blair Stevens 

Learning Objectives

  • Discuss perspectives on the experience of bilingual genetic counselors during the job interview process and their role
  • Identify considerations from a GC hiring manager perspective when recruiting bilingual genetic counselors.
  • Describe approaches to interviewing that can help reduce potential bias and promote diversity.

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June 28, 2023; 12:00p.m. - 1:00p.m. CT

Title: Realizing the Full Potential of Health for all Through Genomics and Precision Health: A Discussion with the National Academies Genomics Roundtable
Presented by: NASEM Roundtable on Genomics and Precision Health 
Speakers: Vence Bonham, Jr.; Bernice Coleman; Erica Ramos; Katie Johansen Taber; Robert Wildin, Cathy Wicklund

Learning Objectives

  • Participants will be able to define what equity in genomics and precision health looks like.
  • Discuss what the barriers and challenges are to achieving health equity.
  • Recognize the role of genetic counselors in promoting equitable access to genetic testing and follow up care.
  • Participants should be able to identify how genetic counselors can work in collaboration with other health care workers (e.g., clinical geneticists and nurses) to realize the full potential of genomics and precision health for all.
  • Discuss how industry is contributing to realizing the full potential of genomics and precision health for all and what role genetic counselors play in ensuring equitable access to new products and devices.

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July 12, 2023; 12:00p.m. - 1:00p.m. CT

Title: A New PGT-A Horizon: Segmental Aneuploid Embryos & Their Transfer
Presented by: ART/Infertility SIG 
Speaker: Amber Gamma, MS, CGC 

Learning Objectives

  • Review PGT-A testing, its history and clinical rationale
  • Describe the origins and implications of segmental aneuploidy in a trophectoderm biopsy
  • Explore current knowledge on the outcomes of embryos with segmental aneuploid biopsy results
  • Identify counseling considerations for patients requesting segmental aneuploid transfers

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July 26, 2023; 12:00p.m. - 1:00p.m. CT

Title: We’ve Got the Skills: Unique Career Paths for Genetic Counselors
Presented by: Lab/Industry SIG
Speakers: Halle Bartus, MS, CGC, Melanie Napier, MS. CGC

Learning Objectives

  • Identify Genetic Counselor skills that are useful and transferable in many different roles across the industry
  • ​Discuss how to develop the Genetic Counselor skill set in an industry environment

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August 9, 2023; 2:00p.m. - 3:00p.m. CT 

Title: APOL1 and the kidney. Our first glimpse of targeted therapies
Presented by: Renal SIG 
Speaker: Dr. Mark Elliott, University of British Columbia

Learning Objectives

  • Discuss the genetics of APOL1 associated kidney disease
  • Review the unmet need for treatments for APOL1 associated kidney disease
  • Identify targeted therapies for APOL1 associated kidney disease

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August 23, 2023; 11:00a.m. - 12:00p.m. CT 

Title: The New World of Pangenomes and Long-Read Technologies
Presented by: Genomic Technologies SIG 
Speaker: Gustavo Stolovitzky, Chief Science Officer

Learning Objectives

  •  Review the recent progress in reference genomes
  • ​Describe how genome diversity can be visualized with genome graphs
  • Review how long-read technology can improve diagnostic yield

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August 30, 2023; 12:00p.m. - 1:00p.m. CT

Title: Advances in Therapeutics for Hereditary Cardiomyopathies
Presented by: Cardiovascular SIG 
Speakers: Naomi Barker, MS, CGC; Cara Barnett, MS, LGC

Learning Objectives

  • Discuss the etiology of transthyretin-associated amyloidosis, current advancements, and clinical trials.
  • Summarize emerging disease-mechanism and gene-specific therapies for the treatment of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.

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September 6, 2023; 12:00p.m. - 1:00p.m. CT

Title: Tough Choices: Ethical approaches for genetic counselors in inpatient care
Presented by: Inpatient SIG 
Speaker: George Hardart MD, MPH

Learning Objectives

  • Identify and analyze bioethical elements of challenging moral dilemmas encountered in the practice of an inpatient genetic counselor.
  • Propose and create a moral framework for considering clinical situations that encompass competing moral claims, values, interests.
  • Justify a position regarding challenging bioethical decision-making genetic medicine.

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September 20, 2023; 12:00p.m. - 1:00p.m. CT

Title: Non-Invasive Prenatal Screening for Single Gene Disorders
Presented by: Prenatal SIG
Speakers: Hannah Llorin, MS, CGC; Olivia Marie Maher, MS, CGC

Learning Objectives

  • Review the recent developments in non-invasive prenatal screening for single gene conditions (NIPS-SGD).
  • Discuss appropriate use cases for NIPS-SGD for recessive conditions.
  • Describe the clinical utility and challenges of using NIPS-SGD for dominant conditions in high-risk OB settings.

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September 27, 2023; 12:00p.m. - 1:00p.m. CT

Title: Make the Professional Status Survey Work for You! A Virtual Information Session
Presented by: Professional Status Survey Committee
Speakers: Amber Gemmell, MS, CGC and Kathleen Swenson, MS, MPH, CGC

This information session will cover:

  • What is the Professional Status Survey and why is it important?
  • How is data from the Professional Status Survey utilized?
  • How can I access data from the Professional Status Survey for my research project?
  • And more!

All genetic counseling students are invited to attend this information session to learn more about the data that may be available to support research projects. In addition, all genetic counselors are invited to attend to learn more about how PSS data is used to advance and advocate for the genetic counseling profession.

*This information session is not eligible for CEUs and will be hosted outside of the regular NSGC Webinar Series.

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November 8, 2023; 12:00p.m. - 1:00p.m. CT

Title: Understanding and Accommodating Individuals with Vision Loss: Adapted from AEC 2022
Presented by: Ophthalmology and Hearing Loss SIG
Speakers: Emma Bedoukian, MS, LCGC; Kristal Platt, MS, LCGC

Learning Objectives

  • Define various forms of visual impairments.
  • Summarize access needs and accommodations for people with visual impairments.
  • Examine the implications of vision loss on lived experience.

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November 9, 2023; 12:00p.m. - 1:00p.m. CT

Genetic Counselor Awareness Day
Title: Genetic Counseling Beyond Borders: Same, Same But Different
Presented by: International SIG
Speakers: Dr. Jon Weil, Ph.D. Genetics, Ph.D. Social-Clinical Psychology; Ania White, MGC, LCGC; Peter James B. Abad, RN, MSc; Sonia Margarit, MS in Human Genetics and Genetic Counseling, MS in Health Psychology, CGC

Learning Objectives

  • Examine the role of a genetic counselor in select regions.
  • Illustrate how genetic counseling differs across countries due to cultural and systemic differences.
  • Summarize barriers to providing genetic counseling in select regions.
  • Apply relevant information from presentations to audience questions/concerns.

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