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Nursing in the Genomic Era Conference

April 12, 2011 | In the Genomic Era Conference, Theresa Swift-Scanlan Tags: , , , , ,


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
    Assistant Professor
    “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.

March 21st is World Down Syndrome Day

March 18, 2011 | In Faculty, Global Health, News Tags: , , , ,

March 21st is World Down Syndrome Day. If you are interested in learning about Worldwide activities designed to celebrate this day, check out:

On March 21st, you are encouraged to watch a video Down Syndrome International has developed called “Will You Let Us In.” The hope is that if people all over the world watch this video it will help create a single global voice advocating for the rights, inclusion and well-being of people with Down syndrome.

SON Associate Professor Dr. Marcia Van Riper has been doing research with families of children with Down syndrome for over 30 years. Currently, she is working on a study about adaptation and resilience that eventually will include families from at least 6-10 countries. So far, over 250 parents from the US have participated, and data collection with families in other countries is just getting started. Next week, she will be giving a presentation at a conference in Thailand and after the conference she will meet with a professor in Thailand who has expressed interest in helping her collect data from parents of children with Down syndrome in Thailand.

Watch the “I am a Carolina Nurse” Video

March 18, 2011 | In Faculty, Global Health, News Tags: , , , ,

Being a “Carolina Nurse” has many dimensions. This 7-minute video tells the story from the perspective of students, alumni, faculty, SON and hospital leaders who all experience the quality, energy and emotion of being connected to one of the leading Schools of Nursing in the United States.

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