2008 National DNA Day Online Chatroom Schedule of Experts

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2008 National DNA Day Online Chatroom Schedule of Experts

A listing of NHGRI experts for the National DNA Day Online Chatroom, April 25, 2008
Time Expert Research Area/Focus
8 - 9 a.m. Pam Schwarzberg, M.D., Ph.D.
Senior Investigator
Genetic Disease Research Branch
We study mouse models of primary immunodeficiencies (genetic diseases that impair the ability of the immune system to fight infections) and how specific disorders affect responses to infectious diseases.
Belen Hurle, Ph.D., Ph.D.
Research Fellow
Genome Technology Branch
Program Director
Intramural Training Office
Generating data for use in developing and refining computational tools for comparing genomic sequence from multiple vertebrate species.
Dale Lea, R.N., M.P.H., C.G.C., F.A.A.N.
Health Educator
Education and Community Involvement Branch
Office of the Director
Developing genetics, health education and community involvement programs and resources, and translating genetic and genomic information for the public.
Jean McEwen, Ph.D.
Program Director
Ethical, Legal and Centers of Excellence in ELSI Research
Division of Extramural Research
Working on issues related to the ethical, legal, and social implications of genetic and genomic research.
9 - 10 a.m. Kris Wetterstrand, M.S.
Program Analyst
Division of Extramural Research
Working with the Sequences, Maps and Bacterial Artificial
Chromosome (BAC) Libraries Program and the ENCODE (ENCyclopedia Of DNA Elements) project.
Samir Kelada, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Post-doctoral fellow
Genome Technology Branch
Identifying genes that confer susceptibility to allergic asthma.
Donna Krasnewich, M.D., Ph.D.
Deputy Clinical Director
NHGRI
Investigator
Medical Genetics Branch
Investigating diseases resulting from abnormal metabolism of carbohydrates.
Don Hadley, M.S., C.G.C.
Investigator
Social and Behavioral Research Branch
Researching the components of a genetic counseling session, including how people are informed of genetic disorders and how they make decisions regarding genetic testing.
Erin Ramos, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Epidemiologist
Office of Population Genomics
Supports multi-disciplinary research in epidemiology and genomics that encourages 1) the application of genomic technologies to existing population and clinical studies and 2) the development of new population resources for investigation of genetic and environmental contributions to complex diseases.
Sarah Harding M.P.H.
Community Outreach Analyst
Education and Community Involvement Branch
Office of the Director
Creates and implements community engagement programs focusing on genetics.
10 - 11 a.m. Heidi Parker, Ph.D.
Postdoc
Cancer Genetics Branch
Comparing the dog genome to the human genome in an effort to answer questions about disease in both dogs and humans.
Phyllis Frosst
Acting Chief, Policy and Program Analysis Branch
Science Policy Analyst

Policy and Program Analysis Branch
Investigating genetic discrimination, direct to consumer marketing of genetic tests and pharmacogenomics.
David Adams
Assistant Clinical Investigator
Office of the Clinical Director
Studying rare inborn errors of metabolism and other rare genetic syndromes to understand the disease process and identify potential treatments.
Dale Lea, R.N., M.P.H., C.G.C., F.A.A.N.
Health Educator
Education and Community Involvement Branch
Office of the Director
Developing genetics, health education and community involvement programs and resources, and translating genetic and genomic information for the public.
Colleen McBride, Ph.D.
Chief
Social and Behavioral Research Branch
,b>Head
Public Health Genomics Section
Developing new interventions to promote changes in people's behavior in ways that will lower their risk of developing certain diseases.
Sarah Harding M.P.H.
Community Outreach Analyst
Education and Community Involvement Branch
Office of the Director
Creates and implements community engagement programs focusing on genetics.
Alan Guttmacher, M.D.
Deputy Director
NHGRI
Director
Office of Policy, Communications and Education
Developing new research tools to translate the findings of the Human Genome Project (HGP) into new diagnostic tests and therapies.
11 a.m. - Noon Gary Temple, Ph.D.
Extramural Program Director
Mammalian Gene Collection
Division of Extramural Research
Building a public collection of gene transcripts (as cDNAs) for use in studying the structure and function of human, mouse, and rat genes.
Pnina Laric, M.S.
Training Program Coordinator
NHGRI Intramural Training Office
Coordinates the summer and post-baccalaureate internship and training programs at NHGRI.
William Gahl, M.D.
Clinical Director
NHGRI
Senior Investigator
Medical Genetics Branch
,b>Head
Human Biochemical Genetics Section
Studying rare inborn errors of metabolism through the observation and treatment of patients in the clinic and through biochemical, molecular biological, and cell biological investigations in the laboratory. His lab focuses on a number of disorders, including cystinosis, Hermansky-Pudlak syndrome, alkaptonuria, and sialic acid diseases.
Clesson Turner, M.D.
Clinical and Molecular Genetics Fellow
Medical Genetics Branch
I see patients of all ages with genetic disorders/syndromes. I am also working on the ClinSeq project as my research.
Saskia Sanderson, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow
Social and Behavioral Reseach Branch
Investigating the psychological effects (emotional, cognitive and behavioral) of providing individuals with personalized genetic information about their risk of developing common, complex behavior-linked conditions such as lung cancer, heart disease and obesity.
Sarah Harding M.P.H.
Health Educator
Education and Community Involvement Branch
Office of the Director
Creates and implements community engagement programs focusing on genetics.
Noon - 1 p.m. Shawn Burgess, Ph.D.
Investigator
Genome Technology Branch
Head
Developmental Genomics Section
Studying developmental processes and their relation to human genetic disease.
Carla Easter, Ph.D.
Science Education Specialist
Education and Community Involvement Branch
Office of the Director
Creates and implements genetic education programs. Works with the branch to create science education products for high school students.
Barbara Biesecker, M.S.
Associate Investigator
Social and Behavioral Research Branch
Head
Genetics Services Research Unit
Director
JHU/NHGRI Genetic Counseling Training Program
Researching ways to make genetic counseling as effective as possible.
Dale Lea, R.N., M.P.H., C.G.C., F.A.A.N.
Health Educator
Education and Community Involvement Branch
Office of the Director
Developing genetics, health education and community involvement programs and resources, and translating genetic and genomic information for the public.
Sharon Terry
President and CEO
Genetic Alliance
Runs the Genetic Alliance, a coalition of over 600 disease specific advocacy organizations working to increase capacity in advocacy organizations and to leverage the voices of the millions of individuals and families affected by genetic conditions.
Francis Collins, M.D., Ph.D.
Director
NHGRI
Senior Investigator
Genome Technology Branch
Identifying and understanding genes involved in human disease, including type II diabetes.
1 - 2 p.m. Faith Pangilinan, Ph.D.
Research Fellow
Genome Technology Branch
Looking for genetic risk factors for human birth defects (mainly spina bifida).
Carla Easter, Ph.D.
Science Education Specialist
Education and Community Involvement Branch
Office of the Director
Creates and implements genetic education programs. Works with the branch to create science education products for high school students.
Julie Sapp, Sc.M.
Genetic Counselor/Protocol Coordinator
Genetic Disease Research Branch
Counseling families with genetic conditions who participate in NHGRI research protocols at the NIH. Helping families understand the genetic basis of their condition and its inheritance and how best to cope with the medical and psychological effects of having a genetic condition.
Dale Lea, R.N., M.P.H., C.G.C., F.A.A.N.
Health Educator
Education and Community Involvement Branch
Office of the Director
Developing genetics, health education and community involvement programs and resources, and translating genetic and genomic information for the public.
Della Brown White, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow
Social and Behavioral Research Branch
Examining social and cultural factors that may influence participation in genetics research among minority populations.
Vence Bonham
Chief
Education and Community Involvement Branch
Office of the Director
Associate Investigator
Social Behavioral Research Branch
The ethical, legal, social and policy implications of genomic discoveries, particularly health professionals' and lay persons' understanding of race, ethnicity and genetics.
Les Biesecker, M.D.
Senior Investigator
Genetic Disease Research Branch
Head
Human Developement Section
Researching the clinical and molecular delineation of human malformation syndromes.
2 - 3 p.m. David Bodine, M.D., Ph.D.
Investigator
Genetics and Molecular Biology Branch
Head
Hematopoiesis Section
Investigating the genetics of pluripotent hematopoietic stem cells (PHSCs) to improve the effectiveness of bone marrow transplantation and to find better ways to use these unique cells for gene replacement therapy..
Larry Brody, M.D.
Senior Investigator
Genome Technology Branch
Dr. Brody's lab investigates the connection between genetics and diseases related to birth defects and cancer.
Jennifer Sloan, M.S., Ph.D., C.G.C.
Genetic Counselor
Genetic Disease Research Branch
Division of Intramural Research
Involved in Genetic Counseling, as well as studying the very rare metabolic condition Methylmalonic Acidemia, and the more common condition Neurofibromatosis Type I.
Tom Markello, M.D., Ph.D.
Staff Clinician
Medical Genetics Branch
I am a principle investigator in a protocol to treat pulmonary fibrosis in patients with Hermansky Pudlak syndrome, and see other rare genetic disorders studied in the Branch.
Judith Beckendorf, M.S., C.G.C.
Project Manager
American College of Medical Genetics
I work for a professional organization that represents the medical genetics physicians and genetic testing lab directors in the USA. We write the guidelines that become standards of care for the practice of genetic medicine, and engage in public health, public policy and educational activities that ensure that people have access to high quality genetic services.
Vence Bonham
Chief
Education and Community Involvement Branch
Office of the Director
Associate Investigator
Social Behavioral Research Branch
The ethical, legal, social and policy implications of genomic discoveries, particularly health professionals' and lay persons' understanding of race, ethnicity and genetics.
Julie Segre, Ph.D.
Senior Investigator
Genetics and Molecular Biology Branch
Head
Epithelial Biology Section
Combining classical genetics techniques and modern genomic tools, her laboratory uses mouse models to investigate the function of novel genes important for in utero human epidermal development, normal wound healing, and skin regeneration.
3 - 4 p.m. Mary Schueler, Ph.D.
Research Fellow
Genome Technology Branch
Comparing the DNA sequence of essential chromosomal regions from multiple primates to define functional changes that have occurred during evolution.

Flavia Facio, M.S., C.G.C.
Genetic Counselor, Associate Investigator

Genetic Disease Research Branch

Interested in learning the contribution of genetics to common diseases, such as heart disease and cancer.
Don Hadley, M.S., C.G.C.
Investigator
Social and Behavioral Research Branch
Researching the components of a genetic counseling session, including how people are informed of genetic disorders and how they make decisions regarding genetic testing..
Vence Bonham
Chief
Education and Community Involvement Branch
Office of the Director
Associate Investigator
Social Behavioral Research Branch
The ethical, legal, social and policy implications of genomic discoveries, particularly health professionals' and lay persons' understanding of race, ethnicity and genetics.
Alan Guttmacher, M.D.
Deputy Director
NHGRI
Director
Office of Policy, Communications and Education
Developing new research tools to translate the findings of the Human Genome Project (HGP) into new diagnostic tests and therapies.
4 - 5 p.m. Elliott Margulies
Investigator

Genome Technology Branch
Uses new genomic sequencing technologies to decipher how our genome encodes functional sequences.
Arjun Prasad, B.S.
Ph.D. Student
Genome Technology Branch
Comparing genome sequences of different animals to understand how they are related and how genomes evolve.
David Everman, M.D.
Staff Clinician
Genome Technology Branch
Assisting in clinical care and research for patients with several different genetic disorders that affect growth, development, and health.
Vence Bonham
Chief
Education and Community Involvement Branch
Office of the Director
Associate Investigator
Social Behavioral Research Branch
The ethical, legal, social and policy implications of genomic discoveries, particularly health professionals' and lay persons' understanding of race, ethnicity and genetics.
Sarah Knerr
Post-baccalaureate IRTA Fellow
Social and Behavioral Research Branch
I am a post-baccalaureate fellow in a lab whose research addresses the intersection of human genetic variation, constructs of race and ethnicity, and health disparities. My current projects explore the roles of race, ethnicity and ancestry in how physicians make decisions about preconception genetic testing and how genetic researchers describe populations in studies of human genetic variation.
5 - 6 p.m. Phyllis Frosst
Acting Chief, Policy and Program Analysis Branch
Science Policy Analyst

Policy and Program Analysis Branch
Investigating genetic discrimination, direct to consumer marketing of genetic tests and pharmacogenomics.
Carla Easter, Ph.D.
Science Education Specialist
Education and Community Involvement Branch
Office of the Director
Creates and implements genetic education programs. Works with the branch to create science education products for high school students.
Greg Feero, M.D., Ph.D.
Chief
Genomic Healthcare Branch

I work to help make emerging genetic technologies more accessible to health professionals.
Vence Bonham
Chief
Education and Community Involvement Branch
Office of the Director
Associate Investigator
Social Behavioral Research Branch
The ethical, legal, social and policy implications of genomic discoveries, particularly health professionals' and lay persons' understanding of race, ethnicity and genetics.


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