Genomics in the Public Square

George Washington University Seminar Session 1: Genomic Literacy, Communication, and Education

With rapidly declining costs, genomic testing tools are becoming available at an explosive rate. Providers across the medical and health sciences disciplines are unprepared for the onslaught of these technologies for a variety of reasons. For example, the proliferation of next-generation sequencing has outpaced the capacity of graduate programs to educate health care providers about its value and limitations. This seminar will explore opportunities to advance public education in genomics, innovation in teaching strategies, and the risks and benefits of commercialized genomics offered by direct to consumer genetic testing companies.


Charles J. Macri, MD, FACOG, FACMGG
Division Director of Maternal Fetal Medicine; Associate Director of the Wilson Genetics Center; George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences (GW SMHS)


Elizabeth Stark, MS, CGC
Genetic Counselor, High Risk Breast Clinic, GW SMHS
Tara Biagi, MS, CGC
Genetic Counselor, High Risk Breast Clinic, GW SMHS
Christine Teal, MD
Associate Professor of Surgery, Director, Breast Care Center, GW SMHS
Carla Easter, PhD
Chief, Education and Community Involvement Branch,National Human Genome Research Institute
Michael A. Rackover, MS, PA-Retired
Theodore C. Search Emeritus Professor, Physician Assistant Program, Philadelphia University and Thomas Jefferson University

The event is free and open to the public.

Registration required by December 6, 2018 at 5 pm. Photo ID is required for entry into the building.