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Friday, April 21 • 11:00am - 11:40am
ABCs of DNA: Unraveling the Mystery of Genetics Information for Consumers

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Librarians working with the public need to be aware of issues surrounding genetics, and resources to assist patrons in locating and evaluating sometimes complex and confusing information. Precision medicine, pharmacogenomics, and direct-to-consumer genetic testing are a few of the topics emerging at the intersection between health and genetics, and consumers need access to information about these and other related topics in a manner that is understandable. This class will cover some basics, such as how to locate information on basic genetics terms, conditions with a genetic component, and genetic testing; as well as a brief introduction to precision medicine. We will also discuss the importance of genomic health literacy and ethical considerations, and present a variety of free reliable health information resources from the National Library of Medicine and other government agencies. These resources will be of value to a variety of libraries who serve the public, health professionals, as well as high school students.

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Carolyn Martin

Consumer Health Coordinator, National Network of Libraries of Medicine Pacific Northwest Region (NNLM PNR)
The mission of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) is to advance the progress of medicine and improve the public health by providing all U.S. health professionals with equal access to biomedical information and improving the public's access to information to enable... Read More →

Friday April 21, 2017 11:00am - 11:40am PDT
Croisan Creek Room C Salem Convention Center