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Annual DNA Day Essay Contest – submission site opens in Jan. 2021

American Society of Human Genetics ESSAY CONTEST FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS –

ASHG is proud to support National DNA Day (April 25) through the Annual DNA Day Essay Contest. DNA Day commemorates the completion of the Human Genome Project in April 2003 and the discovery of the double helix of DNA in 1953.  This contest is open to students in grades 9-12 worldwide and asks students to examine, question, and reflect on important concepts in genetics. Essays are expected to be well-reasoned arguments that indicate a deep understanding of scientific concepts related to the essay question. They are evaluated by ASHG members through three rounds of scoring.

  • Early January 2021: Submission site opens
  • Wednesday, March 3, 2021: Submission site closes
  • Friday, April 23, 2021: Winners and Honorable Mentions announced
  • Sunday, April 25, 2021: DNA Day

For additional information, click here.

Rare Disease Day, February 28, 2021

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Rare Disease Day takes place on the last day of February each year. The main objective of Rare Disease Day is to raise awareness amongst the general public and decision-makers about rare diseases and their impact on patients’ lives. The campaign targets primarily the general public and also seeks to raise awareness amongst policy makers, public authorities, industry representatives, researchers, health professionals and anyone who has a genuine interest in rare diseases. Explore the Rare Disease Day website to learn more.

For information regarding events in the United States, click here.

For information regarding events worldwide, click here.

SIMD NAMA North American Metabolic Academy, Postponed to September, 2021

Society for Inherited Metabolic Disease North American Metabolic Academy (SIMD NAMA)

SIMD NAMA, originally scheduled to occur in October 2020, then rescheduled for May 2021, has been postponed until September 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The new conference dates are September 26-October 2, 2021.  Registration will re-open May 15, 2021

The Academy will provide a broad overview of inborn errors of metabolism focusing on the clinical diagnosis and treatment of these disorders. A renowned faculty will guide you through seminars on disease recognition and diagnosis, workshops to integrate understanding of normal metabolism and pathophysiology, and case-based workshops on diagnosis and management.

SIMD NAMA is a sterling opportunity in medical education. To quote one participant, “I think it’s a really powerful endorsement for this field of medicine that its seasoned experts come here for a whole week to teach trainees. I am very impressed with this attitude of teaching and it makes me feel excited to be going into this field. This was a great learning experience.”

For more information and application click here.

BioMarin presents: Getting in the Know about Achondroplasia, Dec. 8, 2020

On Tuesday, December 8 at 6:00 PM and 8:00 PM EST, BioMarin will be hosting a virtual event for caregivers and families with children with achondroplasia featuring Colleen Ditro, NP from the A.I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Delaware.

Achondroplasia can come with a lot of questions, so BioMarin has organized the Getting in the Know virtual event to help caregivers and families get the knowledge they need from experts in achondroplasia.

  • Learn what causes achondroplasia and how it affects bone growth.
  • See how to assemble a supportive care team.
  • Participate in moderated Question and Answer session with experts.

If you are unable to attend live, you can sign up for an on-demand recording of the event.

To register, click here.

Rare New England Career Fairs in Medical Genetics, Nov. 10 & Dec. 10, 2020

Rare New England is hosting four online Genetics Career Fairs during the fall of 2020 and the spring of 2021. The fall events will be on November 10 and December 10, 6:30-7:30 pm ET.

The goal of these career fairs is to attract and inspire young professionals – medical students, pediatric and medicine interns and residents, undergraduate/graduate genetics students – to consider a career in genetics, a very promising and expanding area of medicine but one with a serious workforce shortage. This shortage is compromising the promising benefits that can come from all the research and clinical effort underway in this country and around the world.

Attendees of the career fairs will have an opportunity to hear from three different types of geneticists – a clinical (or general) geneticist, a biochemical (or metabolic) geneticist, and a research/laboratory/industry geneticist. Speakers typically describe “a day in the life of a geneticist.” They talk about interesting cases and share their passion for patient care and/or contributing to science and the development of new therapies.
Additional information can be found here.
Registration/RSVP for the Fall 2020 online career fairs can be found here.
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Pancreatic Cancer Patient Symposium, Mass. General Hospital, Nov. 21, 2020

Pancreatic Cancer: Your Family, Genes, and Cancer Risk (Virtual Event)

Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center, Center for Cancer Risk Assessment

Join the Center for Cancer Risk Assessment (CCRA) for a free virtual patient symposium for patients and families to learn about the most recent updates in hereditary cancer risk assessment for pancreatic cancer. Saturday, November 21, 2020, 9 AM-noon.

For more information and to register, click here.

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