Patients had questions: “we don’t know” wasn’t an answer Barbara Senich, BSN ’79 liked to give. “I knew there had to be a better way,” she said, and she never stopped looking for it. “Fast forward 20 years or so, and we began to see the human genome decoded,” Senich said. “As scientists and clinicians began to explore the implications of these advances, it was clear that causes for conditions once considered unknowable would someday be understood. It was a great ‘ah-ha’ moment for me.” And it was a great moment for Carolina Nursing.
The Nursing in the Genomic Era Conference was held at the School of Nursing on Friday April 8. During the conference students taking the Family-Centered Genomic Health Care class displayed poster presentations on various genetic conditions.
See a sample of the creative posters from the student in the slide show here.
Speakers at the conference included:
- Chuck Perou, PhD
Professor, Department of Genetics, School of Medicine
“Genomic analysis of breast tumors and clinical implications”
- Theresa Swift-Scanlan, PhD, RN
“Clinical applications of DNA methylation changes in breast cancer”
- Karen E. Weck, MD, PhD
Professor, Director of the Molecular Genetic Laboratory
“Pharmacogenomic testing to predict response to cancer therapy”
These talks were followed by a panel of mothers sharing their family’s story of living with a genetic condition. The conference was organized by Associate Professor Dr. Marcia Van Riper.