MEDX202-01: Genomic Medicine Gets Personal


This course will provide an introduction to genomic medicine and a better understanding of the issues associated with personal genomic information.

About this Course

While the advances in genomics promise to usher in a new era in medical practice and create a major paradigm shift in patient care, the social impact of genomic medicine will be equally significant. The information and potential use of genomic discoveries are no longer issues left for scientists and medical professionals to handle, but have become ones for the public at large. Rarely a day passes without a genomics-related story reported in the media. By the end of this course, students will be able to better understand the field of genomics; be familiar with various online databases and resources; and understand and appreciate the medical, social, ethical, and legal issues associated with the availability of personal genomic information.

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Given the diversity of the topics and the specific expertise required to cover each, this is a unique cross-disciplinary course where faculty from different disciplines including genetics, computational sciences, bioinformatics, genetic counseling, bioethics, law, and business will participate in lecturing. We have assembled a team of experts from various departments at Georgetown University and other institutions, to teach this comprehensive online genomics course. Our team includes (among others):  

Course Staff

  • Bassem R. Haddad

    Bassem R. Haddad, MD, Associate Professor at Georgetown University and Co-Director of the Medical School Molecular and Human Genetics course, will direct this course. Dr. Haddad has an active molecular cytogenetics research laboratory working in the area of translational research and biomarker discovery. His research focuses on understanding the genetic aberrations and instability that occur in genetic diseases, particularly cancer. He is a longtime member of the Georgetown University Medical School faculty and has been involved in genetic teaching for many years.

  • Kevin Fitzgerald

    Kevin Fitzgerald, S.J., Ph.D., a Jesuit priest and a geneticist, a Research Associate Professor at Georgetown University, and the Dr. David P. Lauler Chair for Catholic Health Care Ethics, will lecture on the ethical issues related to genomic testing.

  • Alessandro Ghidini

    Alessandro Ghidini, M.D., an obstetrician who is specialized in maternal-fetal medicine and medical genetics, and a Professor at Georgetown University, will discuss the implications of genomic discoveries on prenatal care.

  • Eden Haverfield

    Eden Haverfield, Ph.D., FACMG, Director of the Whole Exome Sequencing Program at GeneDx (Gaithersburg, MD), will discuss the use of whole exome and whole genome sequencing for diagnostic purposes.

  • Anne Deslattes Mays

    Anne Deslattes Mays, a mathematician and software engineer working in the field of applied systems biology, will discuss bioinformatic analysis of the genome sequencing data.

  • Jeanne Meck

    Jeanne Meck, Ph.D., FACMG, Director of Cytogenetics and Prenatal Diagnostic Services at GeneDx (Gaithersburg, MD), and Professor at Georgetown University, will discuss the new diagnostic approaches for the detection of chromosomal aberrations.

  • Beth N. Peshkin

    Beth N. Peshkin, MS, CGC, Senior Genetic Counselor and Associate Professor at Georgetown University, will discuss the implications of genomic testing on counseling of patients and their families.

  • Reem Saadeh

    Reem Saadeh, MD, a pediatrician and a geneticist, and an Assistant Professor at Georgetown University, will discuss the implications of genomic discoveries on pediatric care.

  • Luc Wathieu

    Luc Wathieu, an Associate professor at the Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business, will discuss direct-to-consumer marketing of genetic testing.

  • Sheila Cohen Zimmet

    Sheila Cohen Zimmet, BSN, JD, Senior Associate Vice President for Regulatory Affairs at Georgetown University Medical Center, will lecture about the legal implications and regulatory issues surrounding genomic testing and clinical genomic research.

  • 4 июня 2014, 8 недель
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