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2015 ANCHASL Spring Meeting and Continuing Education Course
Friday, March 20, 2015 - 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
Topic: Personal Genomics, Personalized Medicine, & You
Instructor: Carrie Iwema, Information Specialist in Molecular Biology, University of Pittsburgh Health Sciences Library System
MLA CE Hours: 4
Location: UNC-Greensboro Elliot University Center (EUC), Claxton Room 507, Stirling St., Greensboro, NC Directions
Registration Deadline: March 13, 2015 (Registration limited to 48 participants)

Course Description

Advances in DNA sequencing technologies have greatly reduced the cost of whole genome sequencing and created fascinating new areas of study—personal genomics and personalized medicine. Empowered by recent technological advancements, scientists now have the ability to rapidly compare genetic alphabets of groups of people who show a particular trait with those that don’t. Direct-to-consumer (DTC) companies use this information to offer genotyping technology relatively inexpensively to the general public. Access to your personal genome enables you to identify genetic risk factors or inheritable disease markers you are carrying and can help you and your doctor choose the appropriate medications, dosages, and healthcare strategies. This course will expose medical librarians to info they can bring to their patrons (consumers, researchers, and clinicians), including breaking news, available online resources, the role of social media, and health-focused genetic testing and analysis services provided by DTC retail genomic firms.

Educational Objectives

  • Understand what is meant by "personal genomics" and "personalized medicine"
  • Recognize the ethical, legal, and social implications of these concepts
  • Incorporate the information provided into their personal and professional lives
  • Continue learning by reading relevant blogs and publications
  • Develop and/or supplement library-based services and resources for consumers, researchers, and/or clinicians
9:00 am - 9:30 am Registration & Light Breakfast
9:30 am - 11:30 am CE Course
11:30 am - 1:15 pm Lunch and Business Meeting
Lunch is on your own and will not be provided. A food court is available nearby.
1:15 pm - 2:15 pm CE Course, continued
2:15 pm - 2.30 pm Afternoon Break
2:30 pm - 3:00 pm Wrap-up, Discussion, Evaluation
Fees (CE and Business Meeting)
Please note: Lunch is not included in the registration
Members: $55    Non-Members: $70
Student Members: $20    Student Non-Members: $25
2015 dues can be paid with meeting registration.
Membership: $15    Student Membership: $5 (calendar year)

Registration and refreshments will be held from 9:00 - 9:30 am. The CE will begin at 9:30 am.Wi-Fi will be available in the classroom so participants may bring their own fully-charged devices, such as laptops or tablets, if desired for hands-on work. Access to electrical outlets will be very limited.

Directions and Parking
Walker Avenue Parking Deck (1360 Walker Avenue, Greensboro, NC) is the closest parking deck to the Elliott University Center. Free parking passes will be provided at the meeting.

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