UW News

October 15, 2009

UW Medical Genetics Clinic celebrates 50th anniversary

By Mary Guiden
News and Community Relations

UW Medical Genetics Clinic faculty, administration and staff will celebrate the clinic’s 50th anniversary Nov. 5 and 6 with a symposium, gala dinner and evening reception.

The symposium, which runs from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday, Nov. 6, at South Campus Center, room 316, will include sessions on historical achievements, specialization in medical genetics, emerging innovations, family-centered care in medical genetics, and transformations in delivering services.

Robin Bennett, senior genetic counselor and clinic manager, said the symposium will provide a unique chance to hear from world-renowned researchers in many topic areas, including newborn screening, Marfan syndrome and Huntington’s disease. Bennett will share her expertise in genetic counseling as part of a patient panel at the symposium.

Arno Motulsky, professor emeritus of medicine and genome sciences, will give the keynote address at the symposium. Additional speakers include Thomas D. Bird, professor of neurology, who will discuss neurogenetics; and Virginia Sybert, professor of medicine, who will talk about genetic skin disorders. In addition, Peter Byers, professor of pathology and medicine, will speak on connective tissue disorders.

Registration deadline for the symposium and events is Thursday, Oct. 22. Scholarships are still available, said Bennett. Contact her at robinb@u.washington.edu with any questions. Visit the clinic’s anniversary Web site to learn more about the gala dinner, symposium and reception.