Ambry Genetics is partnering with Global Genes to present an educational webinar in celebration of Rare Disease Day 2014. Please join us for a 1-hour presentation of the molecular, clinical, and psychosocial aspects of rare diseases designed specifically for clinicians, genetic counselors, and allied healthcare professionals.

Speakers will address topics including advancements in genetic testing, clinical and genetic counseling issues, and support available for patients and families with rare conditions.

Presenters:

   

Andrea Belkin Epstein

Executive Director, Global Genes

Andrea Epstein is the Executive Director of Global Genes, which is one of the leading rare and genetic disease patient advocacy groups including over 500 global organizations worldwide. Global Genes promotes the needs of the rare and genetic disease community, and strives to build disease awareness through education and research. Prior to her current position, Andrea served as Regional Vice President for a five county Southern California region of the American Cancer Society (ACS). Andrea began her career in the Boston area as Director of Marketing for regional home infusion therapy provider Critical Care America, and she has published articles on medical technology trends and also served as Editor-In-Chief of a medical trade magazine serving 10,000 physicians nationwide. She holds an undergraduate degree in Human Biology, magna cum laude, from Brown University and a Master of Science degree in Management from the Sloan School of Management, M.I.T. 

 

   

Andrea Knob, MS

Genetic Counselor

Ms. Knob has a significant amount of experience working with rare genetic conditions both in the clinical and research settings. She is currently a genetic counselor at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, and was previously at Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Harvard Institutes of Medicine in the department of nephrology. Ms. Knob is a guest lecturer at Brandeis University on rare disorders for genetic counseling students. She is also currently a board member and Scientific Advisory Committee member of Syndromes Without A Name (SWAN), an international advocacy organization which serves patients and families with rare and undiagnosed conditions. In 2006, Ms. Knob was the Master’s Thesis Scholarship Award Winner for her own research on parents’ experiences with children who have undiagnosed syndromes.

 

   

Sha Tang, Ph.D.

Assistant Director of Clinical Genomics

Dr. Tang graduated from Wuhan University with a B.S. in Biochemistry and received her M.S. in Molecular Genetics from Chinese Academy of Sciences. She earned her Ph.D. degree in Genetics, Genomics and Bioinformatics from University of California, Riverside. Dr. Tang then worked at University of California, Irvine as a postdoctoral scholar sponsored by a two-year Research Fellowship with a focus on elucidating molecular etiology for a number of genetic disorders, including cystinosis and optic atrophy. Dr. Tang completed her training in Clinical Molecular Genetics at Baylor College of Medicine prior to joining Ambry and is certified in molecular genetics by the American Board of Medical Genetics. She has published more than 20 peer-reviewed articles and her research focused on molecular genetics and diagnosis of mitochondrial disorders.

Genetic Counselor CEUs: This event has been submitted to the National Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC) for approval of Category 1 CEUs. The American Board of Genetic Counseling (ABGC) accepts CEUs approved by NSGC for purposes of recertification. Approval for the requested CEUs and Contact Hours is currently pending.

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