This five-lecture series by top experts in genomics will enhance health-care professionals' understanding of the intersection between genomics and medicine. The series is sponsored by the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), in collaboration with Suburban Hospital and Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Each lecture takes place at Suburban Hospital's lower level auditorium at 8600 Old Georgetown Road in Bethesda, Md. All are welcome to the hour-long lectures, which begin at 8 a.m. on the first Friday of the month. Advanced registration is not required; however, those requesting continuing medical education (CME) credits are asked to sign in.
For more information about the Genomics in Medicine lecture series, please contact Michelle Christ at the Suburban Hospital, firstname.lastname@example.org, or Alice Bailey at NHGRI, email@example.com.
Use of pharmacogenetics in clinical medicine
Tristan Sissung, Ph.D., M.S.
Staff Scientist, National Cancer Institute (NCI), National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Currently, the NIH Clinical Center has implemented pharmacogenetics testing in patients receiving certain medications. This lecture will summarize the basis of pharmacogenetics and its use in clinical medicine and drug development. Dr. Sissung earned a Ph.D. in genetics from The George Washington University and is a staff scientist in the Clinical Pharmacology Program, NIH Clinical Center at NCI. Dr. Sissung's research focus is molecular genetics and translational pharmacogenetics.
Ophthalmic Genetics and Clinical Treatment Opportunities
Paul A. Sieving, M.D., Ph.D.
Director of the National Eye Institute, NIH
The elucidation of the full sequence human genome in 2001 has led to identifying many of the genes that cause ophthalmic diseases, of both single gene Mendelian traits and common complex disorders. Gene identification has led to dissecting molecular mechanisms and biological pathways of disease, and these studies have provided remarkable opportunities to explore targeted therapies. Examples will be discussed of translational studies underway, including by gene transfer, biomolecules and small molecules.
Diagnosis and Management of Neuromuscular Disease in the Genomic Era
Kenneth Fischbeck, M.D.
NIH Distinguished Investigator, Neurogenetics Branch, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
Adjunct Investigator, NHGRI
Identification of hereditary neuromuscular disease genes over the past 25 years has brought accurate diagnostic testing, cell culture and animal models for studies of disease mechanisms, and opportunities for developing treatment. For diseases such as muscular dystrophy and spinal muscular atrophy, treatments have been developed that are very effective in animal models. The challenge now is to translate these findings into safe and effective therapy in patients.
The Genetics of Parkinson Disease: Insights from a Mendelian Disorder
Ellen Sidransky, M.D.
Senior Investigator, Medical Genetics Branch, NHGRI
Head, Molecular Neurogenetics Section, NHGRI
While in the past Parkinson disease was not considered an inherited disorder, in recent years different Parkinson genes and genetic risk factors have been identified. Increasingly, the boundaries between what are considered to be common complex disorders like Parkinson disease and "simple" Mendelian disorders have become blurred. We will discuss how insights from the study of the rare lysosomal storage disorder Gaucher disease have provided a deeper understanding of the pathogenesis of Parkinson disease, and may lead to new therapeutic strategies.
The Genomics of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
Maximillian Muenke, M.D.
Chief and Senior Investigator, Medical Genetics Branch, NHGRI
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is the most common behavioral disorder of school-age children. Understanding the causes of ADHD will help identify the best treatment modality for each person with ADHD. Genomic studies in large families with ADHD have identified genetic contributions to ADHD as a first step towards personalized medicine.
Horror Autoinflammaticus: Adventures in the Genomics of Inflammation
Daniel Kastner, M.D., Ph.D.
NIH Distinguished Investigator
Scientific Director, Division of Intramural Research, NHGRI
Senior Investigator Medical Genetics Branch, NHGRI
The systemic autoinflammatory diseases are a relatively recently recognized group of disorders characterized by seemingly unprovoked inflammation, without the high titer autoantibodies or antigen-specific T-lymphocytes seen in autoimmune diseases. This talk will describe the clinical features of the autoinflammatory diseases, and will present some of the recent advances in understanding their genetics, pathophysiology, and treatment.
Last Updated: February 5, 2015