"This was a great conference and wonderful eye-opener into the world of Genomic Medicine."
"A truly inspiring conference. Very much appreciated the interdisciplinary perspective, not only among academic disciplines (basic biomedical, clinical, qualitative, ethical/legal), but also between academics, clinicians, government, community representatives etc.)"
"Congratulations on a fantastic conference! I got so much out of it and I look forward to attending next year."
"EXCELLENT conference! The topics and speakers were provocative and thought provoking. It’s a side of genomics that I often don’t get to experience. I think the work that you are doing to bring awareness to these issues is extraordinary. I would love to help in any way possible to get ready for next year’s conference. Great vision and great work!"
"Very well done! I enjoyed the research and topics covered and it will stimulate further conversations on this subject with my colleagues."
"Thanks so very much to you and everyone that was involved with the planning for the conference. I learned a lot, made some great connections, and I am energized to do whatever I can to advance genomic medicine in communities of color. As a direct outcome from the event, I wrote an article and submitted to approximately twenty African American newspapers across the country yesterday."
“Conference was great. Speakers were amazing. Networking was priceless. Looking forward to next year.”
“Great conference! It was a pleasure to attend. Very well organized.”
After a successful second year, Why We Can't Wait: Conference to Eliminate Health Disparities in Genomic Medicine is returning to the East Coast September 4-5, 2014 at the W Hotel in Washington, D.C. The focus this year will be on policy issues related to genomics and health disparities. Like last year, the conference will be hosted jointly by the John P. Hussman Institute for Human Genomics University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and the Stanford Center for Computational, Evolutionary, and Human Genomics (CEHG) at Stanford University School of Medicine . The research, clinical, and policy approaches to genomics and health disparities are extremely varied, as are the stakeholders invested in and impacted by them. What is unique and powerful about this conference is addressing these many facets and their relationships to one another, and bringing corresponding stakeholders together to facilitate collaboration. Attendees include researchers, public health professionals, clinicians, genetic counselors, students, attorneys, policy makers, and the public at large, among many others.
The goals of the two-day conference are to:
Demonstrate the impact of genomic medicine on disparities in healthcare
Elucidate the impact of current policy and policy changes that may remedy or exacerbate health disparities related to genomic medicine
Create a forum for stakeholders to learn from one another’s expertise and research, and to facilitate collaboration Preliminary session topics include impact of current and future policy decisions on health disparities, epigenetics, newborn genomic screening, impact of new technologies (i.e. NIPD), among others.
We are fortunate that Kathleen Sebelius, 21st U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, has agreed to participate as a keynote speaker. This is in keeping with the wonderful keynote speakers we have had in years past, such as Donna Shalala, Eric Green, Ph.D., Richard Carmona, M.D., and Gary Gibbons, M.D. If you would like to be added to the mailing list for this event, please email your contact information to HIHGGAPCONF@med.miami.edu.
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