Genetics Conference for Health Professionals Starts Today

Posted: January 16, 2007 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Lexi Soya

The Genetics Conference for Health Professionals, sponsored by Mason’s School of Nursing in the College of Health and Human Services, begins today.

This three-day conference for George Mason faculty and health professionals will provide information on genetics essential for teaching and clinical practice.

Presenters include distinguished faculty from Mason as well as Georgetown University, Virginia Commonwealth University, George Washington University, the National Cancer Institute, National Human Genome Research Institute, the National Cancer Institute, Uniformed Services University and the National Institutes of Health.

The speakers will cover such topics as the genomics of breast cancer and neurodegenerative diseases; ethical, legal and social implications of genomics; and public policy in the genomic era.

Mason faculty members Ancha Baranova and Ann Maradiegue will attend the conference as distinguished guests. Baranova, assistant professor at Mason’s Center for Biomedical Genomics, will discuss basic concepts in genomics. Maradiegue, clinical instructor at the School of Nursing, will present information on genomic resources and administer a family history workshop.

The conference will be held in Mason Hall on the Fairfax Campus and will run through Thursday, Jan. 18.

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