ASHG 2017 Tipsheet: Ethical, Legal, Social, and Genetic Counseling Issues

For Immediate Release
Wednesday, October 4, 2017
10:00 a.m. U.S. Eastern Time

Media Contact:
Nalini Padmanabhan
ASHG Director of Communications and Marketing


Tuesday through Saturday, Oct. 17-21, 2017


American Society of Human Genetics 2017 Annual Meeting
Orange County Convention Center
9899 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32819


Invited and platform (oral) sessions and other presentations of the latest research in ethical, legal, and social issues in genetic counseling:

Wednesday, Oct. 18, 10:15-10:30 a.m., Room 220F, South Building
Platform Presentation: Personalized feedback on the genetic risk of common complex diseases: The potential of a large population-based biobank, and methodological challenges
K. Fischer, University of Tartu, et al

Wednesday, Oct. 18, 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Room 220F, South Building
Platform Session: Cancer Genetic Testing: Approaches, Barriers, and Psychosocial Impact
Moderators: Jessica Everett, New York University Medical Center; and Kathleen Blazer, City of Hope Comprehensive Cancer Center

Wednesday, Oct. 18, 11:00-11:15 a.m., Room 330C, South Building
Platform Presentation: Clinical experience with a reflex-based testing algorithm for neurodevelopmental disorders
L. Walters-Sen, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital & Medical Center, et al

Thursday, Oct. 19, 9:00-10:30 a.m., Room 230C, South Building
Platform Session: Secondary and Incidental Findings from WES/WGS
Moderators: David Miller, Boston Children’s Hospital; and Rachel Burnside, Laboratory Corporation of America

Thursday, Oct. 19, 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Room 310A, South Building
Platform Session: Consumers and Health Care Providers: Perspectives of Genetic Technology
Moderators: Toni Pollin, University of Maryland School of Medicine; and Wendy Uhlmann, University of Michigan

Friday, Oct. 20, 9:00-10:00 a.m., Room 220B, South Building
Platform Session: Genomic Testing: A Focus on Results
Moderators: Deborah Cragun, University of South Florida; and Daniel Riconda, Baylor College of Medicine

Friday, Oct. 20, 9:30-9:45 a.m., Room 230C, South Building
Platform Presentation: The impact of sharing patient-derived data in ClinVar via GenomeConnect
J.M. Savatt, Geisinger Health System, et al

Friday, Oct. 20, 2:30-4:30 p.m., Room 330C, South Building
Invited Session: Clinical Spotlight: Translational Genomics: Psychological and Health Behavior Research Outcomes
Moderator: Barbara B. Biesecker, NHGRI/NIH

Friday, Oct. 20, 3:00-3:30 p.m., Room 330A, South Building
Invited Presentation: Genetic analysis in the age of next-generation sequencing: Navigating challenges and communicating with the patient population
S.M. Feely, University of Iowa, et al

Ongoing: Posters Open for Viewing, Exhibit Hall, South Building
Topic: Genetic Counseling, ELSI, Education, and Health Services Research, Posters 499-593

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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