ASHG 2014 Tipsheet: Genetic Literacy and Education

Media Contact:
Nalini Padmanabhan
ASHG Communications Manager

For Immediate Release
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
12:00 pm U.S. Pacific Time (UTC-05:00)


Saturday through Wednesday, Oct. 18-22, 2014


American Society of Human Genetics 2014 Annual Meeting

San Diego Convention Center, 111 W. Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101


Invited and platform (oral) sessions and other presentations of the latest research in genetic literacy and related education efforts:

Sunday, Oct. 19, 10:00 am-12:00 pm, Room 20D
Invited Session: Whole genome/exome sequencing: Patient expectations, literacy, and preferences for genomic information
Moderators: Amy L. McGuire, PhD, JD, Baylor College of Medicine; and Gail E. Henderson, PhD, University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill

Monday, Oct. 20, 8:30-8:45 am, Hall B1
Award Presentation: ASHG Award for Excellence in Human Genetics Education
Recipient: Suzanne B. Cassidy, MD, UC San Francisco

Tuesday, Oct. 21, 10:30 am-12:30 pm, Room 30
Platform Session: Genetic/Genomic Education and Services Delivery

10:45-11:00 am: Changing the landscape of genomics education through a massive open online course (MOOC): Genomic medicine gets personal
Bassem R. Haddad, MD, Georgetown University Medical Center, et al

11:00-11:15 am: Genome: Unlocking Life’s Code – A museum exhibition as a model for informal genomics education
Vence L. Bonham, JD, National Human Genome Research Institute, et al

11:15-11:30 am: Human genetics: Medical and societal implications. A high school course taught on a medical school campus
Maurice Godfrey, PhD, University of Nebraska Medical Center, et al

Ongoing: Posters Open for Viewing, Exhibit Hall E

Genetics/Genomics Education, Posters 2303-2329

Ongoing Exhibit: Genome: Unlocking Life’s Code

Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, 1875 El Prado, San Diego CA, 92101

About the American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG)

Founded in 1948, the American Society of Human Genetics is the primary professional membership organization for human genetics specialists worldwide. Its nearly 8,000 members include researchers, academicians, clinicians, laboratory practice professionals, genetic counselors, nurses, and others with an interest in human genetics. The Society serves scientists, health professionals, and the public by providing forums to: (1) share research results through the ASHG Annual Meeting and in The American Journal of Human Genetics; (2) advance genetic research by advocating for research support; (3) educate current and future genetics professionals, health care providers, advocates, policymakers, educators, students, and the public about all aspects of human genetics; and (4) promote genetic services and support responsible social and scientific policies. For more information, visit:

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