I recently was able to go to the GEDDI sponsored salon on Public Health Genomics at the University of Michigan. It was a wonderful chance for different stakeholders to get together to talk about the future of public health genomics and what we can do now to make that future better. One of the things that we talked about was the need to help physicians and patients to both be better educated about genomics and to communicate effectively.
Hearing other people including parents of children with rare genetic conditions and genetic counselors address this as a key problem to tackle made me more excited about my current research. I am working on a project with the VA to better understand VA patients and eventually clinicians understanding of genetic tests and the best methods to communicate results in a primary care setting. This project is just beginning so hopefully in the coming years we will be able to share some great insights.
Nicole Exe (Genomics Forum Secretary)