Conference Schedule

The planned schedule of events* for the 36th Annual Conference is listed below.

Download the full program and session descriptions.

Wednesday, September 13

8:00 am - 2:00 pm Pre-Conference Symposia

1. Unlocking the Acronyms: Research Genetic Counselors and the NIH Partnering Together to Improve Patient Care (Space is Limited)
2. Cascade Testing When the Stakes are High
3. The Expanding Genetic Counseling Landscape
4. Navigating Variant Interpretation in Cardiovascular Genetics
5. What's Loss Got to Do With It?
6. Addressing Efficiency of the Genetics Workforce
1:45 pm - 3:00 pm Welcome to the Annual Conference: First-Time Attendees
3:00 pm - 3:15 pm Opening Remarks
3:15 pm - 3:45 pm Plenary Session: Taking Genomics Mainstream - A Framework for Innovation
3:45 pm - 4:15 pm Natalie Weissberger Paul National Achievement Award
4:15 pm - 4:45 pm Plenary Session: At a Crossroads of Genetic Fate
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm Welcome Reception in Exhibitor Suite
5:15 pm - 6:30 pm Posters with Authors, Group A Authors

Thursday, September 14

7:00 am - 7:45 am Sponsored Breakfast (Integrated Genetics & Invitae)**

1. Population Testing: Bringing Genetics to Mainstream Medicine
2. Key Factors in Quality Expanded Carrier Screening
7:00 am - 7:45 am NSGC 2018 Board and Committee Leadership Program
7:00 am - 7:45 am NSGC 2018 SIG Leader Networking
8:00 am - 8:35 am Janus Lecture
8:35 am - 9:20 am NSGC State of the Society Address
9:20 am - 9:50 am Incoming Presidential Address
9:50 am - 10:15 am Exhibit Hall Open / Networking Break
10:15 am - 12:15 pm Workshops and Lectures

1. Are You Ready to Discuss Genetic Discrimination?
2. Motivational Interviewing Methods for Informtion Giving
3. Highlighting Your Role in Genetic Counseling Outcomes
4. Deaf-Blindness and Sensory Deficit
5. Tips and Tools for Utilizing Clinical Resources for Variant Evaluation
6. Teaching Genomic Medicine: A Train-the-Trainer Workshop
12:15 pm - 1:30 pm Sponsored Lunch (Baylor Miraca & Counsyl)**

1.Clinical Impact of de novo Variants identified by NGS in Prenatal and Postnatal
2. Counsyl Sponsored Lunch Session
12:15 pm - 1:30 pm Exhibit Hall Open
12:30 pm - 1:00 pm ABGC Business Meeting
1:00 pm - 1:30 pm ACGC Presentation
1:30 pm - 3:00pm Educational Breakout Sessions

1. Translational Medicine in Epilepsy Genetics
2. Bioinformatics for Genetic Counselors 3.0
3. Reversing the Bystander Effect
4. Achieving True Diversity in the Age of Genomic Medicine
3:00 pm - 3:45 pm Exhibitor Hours and Networking Break
3:45 pm - 5:00 pm Dr. Beverly Rollnick Memorial Lecture
5:00 pm - 5:30 pm Jane Engelberg Memorial Fellowship Award Presentation
5:30 pm - 7:45 pm Exhibit Hall Open
5:45 pm - 7:00 pm Posters with Authors, Group B Authors
7:00 pm - 8:15 pm Sponsored Dinner (Ambry Genetics & Natera)**

1. How Identifying Zygosity Can Inform Prenatal Care
2. Applying Somatic and Germline Testing for Lynch Syndrome

Friday, September 15

7:00 am - 7:45 am Sponsored Breakfast (Illumina & Boulder Abortion Clinic)**

1. Clinical Whole Genome Sequencing for Patients with Rare Genetic Disease
2. Boulder Abortion Clinic
7:00 am - 7:45 am NSGC Past Board Member Breakfast
8:00 am - 8:35 am Plenary Session
8:35 am - 8:50 am Best Abstract Awards
8:50 am - 9:50 am Professional Issues Panel
9:50 am - 10:30 am Exhibit Hall Open / Break
10:30 am - 12:00 pm Educational Breakout Sessions

1. Valuating Genetic Counseling: Health Economics and Outcomes
2. Returning Clinically Relevant Exome Results for Developmental Brain Disorders
3. Implications of ACMG Secondary Findings for Cardiology & Oncology
4. Debate on Carrier Screening for the Next Generation
5. Using Evidence to Inform Your Practice
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm Exhibit Hall Open 
12:00 pm - 1:15 pm Sponsored Lunch (GeneDx & Myriad)**

1. Touchdown, NGS! A Champion in Variant Detection
2. Increasing the Refinement of Breast Cancer Risk Utilizing SNPs
3. Implications of ACMG Secondary Findings for Cardiology & Oncology
4. Debate on Carrier Screening for the Next Generation
5. Using Evidence to Inform Your Practice
1:15 pm - 2:30 pm Posters with Authors, Group C Authors
2:30 pm - 3:00 pm Networking Break
3:00 pm - 4:15 pm Platform Presentations

1. Variant Classification
2. Neurology/Cardiology
3. Patient Diversity
4. Professional Issues
5. Counseling/Psychological
4:30 pm - 5:35 pm Research Plenary Session, Sponsored by the Jane Engelberg Memorial Fellowship 
5:35 pm - 5:50 pm Best Student Abstract Award
5:50 pm - 6:20 pm Audrey Heimler Special Project Award Presentation
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm Genome Magazine Code Talker Award Ceremony and Celebration

 
Saturday, September 16

7:00 am - 7:45 am               Sponsored Breakfasts (Biomarin & NTD Eurofins Clinical Diagnostics)**

1. Biomarin Sponsored Breakfast Session
2. Preeclmpsia Screening for the Prenatal Genetic Counselor
8:00 am - 8:50 am Plenary Session: Conflict of Interest
8:50 am - 9:50 am Late-Breaking Plenary Session
10:10 am - 11:15 am Eductional Breakout Sessions

1. Cardiac Crash Course on Metabolic Disesase
2. Pharmacogenetics for Genetic Counselors
3. Shifting Paradigms for Genetic Testing of Minors
4. A Survey of Algorithms for Analysis fo Aneuploidies, Fetal Fraction, and Microdeletions
5. Mitochondria: Functions, Genomics and Disease
11:30 am - 12:45 pm Platform Presentations

1. Testing Innovations
2. Prenatal and Pediatrics
3. Education and Training
4. Cancer
5. Access and Service Delivery

*Schedule subject to change.

**Sponsored meal sessions are available for registration.  Please note: food and beverage are only guaranteed to the first 225 registrants. Space is limited and available on a first come, first-served basis.

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