Agenda and Important information for attendees

New England Regional Genetics Group (NERGG)
presents its
4th Biennial Genetic Counselors’ Continuing Education Meeting
Genetics - Moving to the Center of Healthcare
May 1, 2015 at the
Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine
10 Discovery Drive, Farmington, CT, USA 06032-2352
8:00-8:30 Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30 Welcome
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8:45 Beth Rosen Sheidley MS CGC
Next Generation Technologies for Genetic Epilepsies:
Promises and Perils
9:45 Danielle Azzariti MS LGC
Clinical Genome Resource: Building a Genomic Knowledgebase
to Improve Patient Care
10:30 Break
10:45 Molly Cole, President, Family Voices, Hartford, CT
Families Coping with Genetic Diagnoses: Creating a Vision for a Good Life
12:00 Lunch
1:00 Selected Student Thesis Presentations (2 per program, 15 min each)
Brandeis University Graduate Program in Genetic Counseling, Judith Tsipis, Dir.
Boston University Graduate Program in Genetic Counseling, MaryAnn Campion, Dir.
2:00 – Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine
Leading the Search for Tomorrow’s Cures
3:00 Break
3:15 – Erin Hofstatter, MD, Director, Cancer Genetics & Prevention, Yale
The Role of Genomic testing in Guiding Cancer Treatment
4:00 Carolyn Weipert GC and Ozge Ceyhan Birsoy PhD
Challenges in the interpretation and use of genomic sequencing
results in the newborn population: Developing the BabySeq Project
5:00 Mary-Frances Garber MS CGC, Kayla Sheets MS LGC
The new non-traditional: Genetic Counselors in Private Practice
6:00 Adjourn
Genetics - Moving to the Center of Healthcare
May 1, 2015
Important Information for Participants
The conference will be held at Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine, a new
facility on the campus of University of Connecticut Health Center. The Jackson Labs
building is located at 10 Discovery Drive, Farmington, CT 06032, or ask your GPS to
take you to 263 Farmington Avenue, Farmington, CT 06032.
Hartford is easily accessible by train or bus. From Union Station the taxi is
approximately $35, or less via Uber. Get a discount of up to $20 on your first Uber
ride using promo code “ubernergg”.
Driving directions:
For directions, please see and the enclosed campus map.
As you turn off the highway into the Health Center complex, look forward across
the rotary and you will see the new Jackson Labs building
with its logo on high on the face of the building.
Park in Garage 1. From the rotary, follow signs to Garage 1. Parking will be
charged at $1 per hour. Follow the red line on the map to the garage, and follow the
green line to walk to Jackson Labs. There are a limited number of handicapped spots
(with a handicapped placquard) in front of the building. Shuttle service is provided
from Homewood Suites to the front door of the building.
Building security:
Conference registration is required to enter the building. Mobile phone signals
are spotty depending on your provider. There is a guest wifi account with variable
strength. It would be best to arrange with your office to be unavailable for the day.
Staying overnight:
Please contact: Hilton Homewood Suites, 2 Farm Glen Boulevard, Farmington,
Connecticut, 06032, USA TEL: +1-860-321-0000
Homewood Suites is located one mile from the Jackson Labs facility, and has a
shuttle that will take you to the front door. People staying overnight on Thursday
will be offered a complementary light supper on Thursday night, and breakfast each
morning of their stay. Please call +1-860-321-0000 or visit Hilton Homewood Suites,
Farmington CT on the internet to make your reservation, and be sure to say you are
part of the NERGG block. Our conference rate is $130 for a king room with a pullout couch. This rate is guaranteed through April 10. After that date, space may or may
not be available.
This event has been submitted to the National Society of Genetic Counselors for
approval of Category 1 CEUs. The ABGC accepts CEUs approved by NSGC for
purposes of recertification. Approval for the requested CEUs and Contact hours is
currently pending. Certificates of attendance will be provided for other professionals
who may apply to their state agencies for appropriate credits.
Nursing mothers:
There is a room on the third floor where nursing mothers may go for privacy.
Further questions? please contact:
Joyce Graff, 617-963-0900, [email protected]
We look forward to seeing you at the meeting!