CSER at the American College of Medical Genetics 2017 Annual Meeting

CSER consortium research, including oral platform presentations, posters, and scientific session presentations, will be featured at the upcoming American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics Annual Meeting 2017. The ACMG 2017 annual meeting fosters a learning opportunity for genetics professionals to engage in discussion around best practices and scientific evidence regarding genetics and genomics integration into clinical practice. This meeting highlights the cutting edge investigations of both genetics and genomics in both research and clinical settings. This annual meeting will run from March 21 to 25, 2017, in Phoenix, Arizona, at the Phoenix Convention Center.

To aid all ACMG 2017 attendees, numerous resources are available, such as an iOS mobile app. The CSER Twitter account will also be tweeting live from ACMG 2017, so feel free to mention @hail_CSER to connect.

A full list of CSER work at ACMG 2017 can be found online here. Below is a sampling of CSER projects that will be showcased at ACMG 2017:

March 22, 2017 

Scientific Concurrent Session - Multi-Gene Testing for Inherited Cancer Predisposition: Opportunities and Challenges. Time: 10:00am - 12:00pm MST. Location: North Ballroom A.

  • Carlos Gallego will be presenting on the cost-effectiveness of multi-gene testing on inherited cancer predisposition (10:40am - 11:00am).

Scientific Concurrent Session - Whole Genome and Whole Exome Sequencing for 'Healthy' Individuals in Clinical Practice: Are We Up to the Challenge? Time: 1:30pm - 3:00pm MST. Location: North Ballroom D.

  • Focusing on the issue of screening "healthy" individuals with whole genome or whole exome sequencing, CSER investigators Jason Vassy, Kelly East, and Leslie Biesecker will be weighing in with experiences from their CSER sites.

March 23, 2017

Poster Session. Time: 10:00am - 11:30am MST. Location: Exhibit Hall B - D

  • Edward Romasko will be presenting a poster (abstract #691) from the CSER PediSeq project and their effort in exploring the utility in returning additional findings beyond the ACMG56 list. 
  • Tia Kauffman will present the results from a "willingness to pay" experiment (abstract #787) that assessed the perceived personal value of preconception genomic sequencing in a healthy population. 

Learning Lounge - Is Genome Sequencing Worth the Cost? Time: 12:30pm - 1:00pm MST. Location: Learning Lounge 2

  • The effectiveness of genomic sequencing is still a heavily debated topic, and its advantages and disadvantages are consistently weighed against each other. CSER investigators Marc Williams and Kurt Christensen, will be presenting in this learning lounge session.

March 24, 2017

Poster Session. Time: 10:00am - 11:30am MST. Location: Exhibit Hall B - D

  • Sarah Scollon will be presenting on a CSER Genetic Counselors working group project that interviewed clinicians regarding their perspectives to returning results, highlighting challenges faced by clincians and identifying possible ways to better prepare clinicians for returning results (abstract #682)
  • Natasha Strande will present a poster from the CSER NCGENES Project (abstract #628) that explored the inherent uncertainties in genomic sequencing and proposed suggestions to reduce the inherent ambiguity in genomic sequencing with the goal of increasing comprehension of the uncertainty associated with such sequencing.

Platform Presentations - Exome and Genome Sequencing. Time: 3:45pm to 5:45pm MST. Location: North Ballroom A.

  • CSER investigators Susan Hiatt (abstract #43) and Leah Dowsett (abstract #44) will be giving back to back presentations, beginning at 5:15pm MST, to close out a set of platform presentations centered on the topic of exome and genome sequencing. 

March 25, 2017

Scientific Concurrent Session - Enriching Racial and Ethnic Diversity to Improve Genomic Medicine. Time: 8:00am - 10:00am MST. Location: North Ballroom BC.

  • Lucia Hindorff will be moderating this scientific session on the need to include diverse populations in genomic research and the benefits increased diversity contributes to precision medicine. 
  • Elizabeth Moore from the CSER NCGENES project and Sharon Plon from the CSER BASIC3 project will be sharing their experiences working with diverse populations in their CSER projects.