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Conference Schedule

The planned schedule of events* for the 38th Annual Conference is listed below. 

Download the full Preliminary Program here

Tuesday, November 5

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

A01: A Heart to Heart Training: Advanced Topics in Traumatic Events Using Cardiogenetics as an Illustration
A02: Building Skill for Cultural Conversations in Genetic Counseling
A03: A03: Practical Tips for the Practicing Genetic Counselor: Somatic Testing and Hematologic Cancers
A04: Measuring Up: Incorporating Patient Reported Outcomes in Clinic and Research
A05: Perinatal Palliative Care and the Genetic Counselor: Optimizing Multi-disciplinary Collaboration for Holistic Care of Critically Ill Infants and Their Families
A06: Redesigning the Way We Work to Improve Efficiency
3:00 pm - 3:15 pm Opening Remarks
3:15 pm - 3:45 pm A07: 40 years of the Genetic Counseling Profession: A Foundation for the Future
3:45 pm - 4:15 pm Natalie Weissberger Paul National Achievement Award
4:15 pm - 4:45 pm A08: Enabling the Beautiful Uncertainty of Life: My Journey With PGT-M
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm Welcome Reception in Exhibitor Suite
5:45 pm - 7:00 pm                 A09: Posters with Authors, Group A Posters

Wednesday, November 6

7:00 am - 7:45 am Sponsored Breakfast Session 
8:00 am - 8:35 am B03: Janus Lecture
8:35 am - 9:35 am B04: Professional Issues Panel
9:30 am - 10:15 am Exhibitor Suite Open / Networking Break
10:15 am - 12:15 pm Workshops and Lecture

B05: Should All Women With Breast Cancer be Offered Genetic Testing? A Debate
B06: Building Stronger Communities: Confronting White Womanhood*
B07: How to Review a Manuscript for a Journal: A Practical Workshop Aimed at Facilitating Research and Professional Development for Genetic Counselors
B08: Improving Your Communication With All Your Patients: Techniques to Communicate Across Literacy and Language
B09: Leadership Workshop for New Genetic Counselors
B10: So Consumer Genetics Is Here... What Is the Role of the Genetic Counselor, and How Do We Deal With This in Clinic?
11:45 pm - 1:30 pm Exhibitor Suite Open
12:30 pm - 1:45 pm Sponsored Lunch Session
2:30 pm - 3:45 pm Educational Breakout Sessions

B13: “Dear Seymour”: The Work and Applications of Dr. Seymour Kessler’s Seminal Papers on Psychosocial Aspects of Genetic Counseling
B14: Digging Into Polygenic Risk Scores for Complex Disorders: Cancer, Cardio, Psychiatry… and More!
B15: From Genetics to Genomics: Evolving Liability Implications for Practitioners
B16: Hot Topics in Teratology: Zika, Marijuana and Maternal Therapies for Genetic Disease
B17: Seriously, Can Online Education Work for Genetic Counseling? Adapting to the Demands of Training More (and Diverse) Genetic Counselors
3:45 pm - 4:15 pm Exhibitor Suite Open
4:15 pm - 5:20 pm B18: Dr. Beverly Rollnick Memorial Lecture
5:20 pm - 5:50 pm B19: Audrey Heimler Special Projects Award Presentation
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm Exhibitor Suite Open
6:00 pm - 7:15 pm SIG Leaders Reception and Past Board Member Reception
6:15 pm - 7:30 pm B20: Posters with Authors, Group B Posters
7:30 pm - 8:45 pm Sponsored Evening Sessions
8:00 pm - 8:45 pm Myriad Lab Tour Option 1

Wednesday, November 6th 8PM

Ever wonder what happens to the patient’s sample once it arrives at Myriad Genetic Laboratories in Salt Lake City? Join us for a personal tour of our labs to learn more about our commitment to precision medicine and genetic testing.

You will be guided by team members who collaborate daily with our world-class scientists. The tour will provide a general introduction to Myriad’s mission, history, and research. Tours will be approximately 45 minutes long.

  • Spots will fill up quickly - early registration is advised!
  • Roundtrip transportation provided from the Salt Palace
  • Q&A in the Myriad Auditorium after tour for those that have questions/comments.  Meet with some of Myriad’s finest scientific minds.

To be put on the Myriad Tour Waitlist, please register at http://myriadlabtourWLnsgc.rsvpify.com. If space becomes available a member of the Myriad team with contact you directly!

Disclaimer: Tour is based on availability. You must RSVP at the posted link to confirm. This event will be at capacity and only confirmed guests will be allowed in, no exceptions.  You will receive a confirmation number after registering this documents that we received your registration. However, you will receive a welcome letter and instructions approximately 10 days prior to the tour date, this will be your official confirmation. Myriad reserves the right to refuse access to anyone whose business we believe is of a nature that is not fitting for a mutually beneficial relationship.

8:50 pm - 9:35 pm Myriad Lab Tour Option 2

Wednesday, November 6th 8:50PM

Ever wonder what happens to the patient’s sample once it arrives at Myriad Genetic Laboratories in Salt Lake City? Join us for a personal tour of our labs to learn more about our commitment to precision medicine and genetic testing.

You will be guided by team members who collaborate daily with our world-class scientists. The tour will provide a general introduction to Myriad’s mission, history, and research. Tours will be approximately 45 minutes long.

  • Spots will fill up quickly - early registration is advised!
  • Roundtrip transportation provided from the Salt Palace
  • Q&A in the Myriad Auditorium after tour for those that have questions/comments.  Meet with some of Myriad’s finest scientific minds.

To be put on the Myriad Tour Waitlist, please register at http://myriadlabtourWLnsgc.rsvpify.com. If space becomes available a member of the Myriad team with contact you directly! 

Disclaimer: Tour is based on availability. You must RSVP at the posted link to confirm. This event will be at capacity and only confirmed guests will be allowed in, no exceptions.  You will receive a confirmation number after registering this documents that we received your registration. However, you will receive a welcome letter and instructions approximately 10 days prior to the tour date, this will be your official confirmation. Myriad reserves the right to refuse access to anyone whose business we believe is of a nature that is not fitting for a mutually beneficial relationship.

Thursday, November 7

7:00 am - 7:45 am     Sponsored Breakfast Session
7:00 am - 8:00 am Mindful Yoga, hosted by Progenity. Register at Progenity Booth #729
Balance your mind and body before conference sessions begin! Join Progenity for a yoga session at the Marriott headquarters hotel on Thursday morning. Pre-registration is required; to register, visit us at booth #729 on Tuesday or Wednesday.
8:00 am - 9:15 am C03: NSGC State of the Society Address
9:15 am - 9:45 am Incoming Presidential Address
9:45 am - 10:20 am Exhibitor Suite Open
10:20 am - 11:35 am Platform Presentations
11:35 am - 3:00 pm Exhibitor Suite Open 
12:00 pm - 1:15 pm Sponsored Lunch Session
12:15 pm - 12:45 pm ABGC Business Meeting
12:45 pm - 1:15 pm ACGC Presentation
1:20 pm - 2:35 pm  C11: Posters with Authors, Group C Authors
2:45 pm - 3:00 pm  Passport to Prizes Drawing
3:10 pm - 4:40 pm Educational Breakout Sessions

C12: A History of Genetic Discrimination: Reviewing Our Past and Looking Toward the Future
C13: Genetic Counselors in Research: From Dabbling in Clinic to an NIH Grant
C14: Beyond Cystic Fibrosis: Pulmonary Genetic Disorders in Adulthood
C15: Challenging the Comfort Zone: Debated Testing Strategies in Cardiovascular Genetics
C16: The New GC in Town: Demystifying the Role of Gene Curation in Variant Interpretation, Clinical Reporting and Case Reanalysis
5:00 pm - 5:35 pm C17: Human Genome Editing: The Current State of Research and Clinical Practice
5:35 pm - 5:50 pm C18: Best Full Member Abstract Award
5:50 pm - 6:05 pm C19: Beth Fine Kaplan Best Student Abstract Award Presentation
6:05 pm - 6:35 pm C20: Jane Engelberg Memorial Fellowship Presentation
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Code Talker Award Ceremony
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm Unwind at Keys on Main

Unwind from a full schedule of continuing education sessions at Keys on Main—Salt Lake City’s premier dueling piano bar.

Hosted by ARUP Laboratories, this official event of the NSGC Annual Conference features an open bar, unique Utah food offerings, and the best all-request dueling piano show in the state.
Bring your favorite song selections and be ready to party!

Day: Thursday, November 7
Time: 7–10 p.m.
Where: Keys on Main, 242 S. Main St., Salt Lake City, UT

Walk to Keys or, for door-to-door service, hop on the TRAX line at Arena Station (adjacent to the Salt Palace) for a free ride to the City Center stop.

All attendees must be 21 or over. Space at the event is limited, so register early to secure your spot at the best party in town!*

*Free admission with NSGC conference attendee badge (required).

RSVP Today!

 
Friday, November 8

7:00 am - 7:45 am             Sponsored Breakfast Session
8:00 am - 9:30 am Educational Breakout Sessions

D03: In Utero Stem Cell Transplantation: Historical Context, Present State and the Future of Fetal Molecular Therapies
D04: The Emerging Roles of Genetic Counselors as Consumers Embrace Healthy Genomic Screening
D05: Getting to the Heart of Our Practice: Developing an Evidence Base to Improve Cardiovascular Genetic Counseling
D06: How to Talk to Your Patients About Imaging: What to Do When There Aren’t NCCN Guidelines
D07: Weighing the Alternatives: Non-traditional Approaches to Improve Genetic Counseling Access and Efficiency
10:00 am - 10:50 am D08: Meeting the Demand for Genetic Counseling Through Artificial Intelligence: Can We Clone Our Skill Set?
10:50 am - 11:50 am Late-Breaking Plenary
12:15 pm - 1:30 pm Platform Presentations
2:00 pm - 5:30 pm Post-Conference Symposia

D15: Genetic Counselor Fingerprints on the Business Side: Clinical Product Strategy, Development and Lifecycle Skills Workshop
D16: Genetics Beyond the Binary: How to Incorporate Gender Diversity Into the Concepts of Genetics
D17: Late-Breaking Cancer Topics

*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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