Title

New ACMG Guidance on Carrier Screening: More or Less Equitable?

Series
ELSI Friday Forum
Event Description

 

Next-generation sequencing capabilities have enhanced general population carrier screening by expanding the number of genes and variants on carrier screening panels. Professional recommendations are shifting towards universal screening, that is: screening that is not limited to populations by race or ethnicity and more inclusive of diverse populations. While this may lead to increased and wider accessibility to genetic information, these recommendations continue to face a number of scientific, ethical and social challenges that may undermine the goal of health equity. Who has access to carrier screening? Who should receive carrier testing and why? On what basis are decisions about the “severity of genetic conditions” being determined, by whom, and at what cost? And, what role should communities that are impacted by carrier screening guidelines have in these discussions? This session will explore carrier screening from a historical and clinical perspectives and consider the tradeoffs of increased detection and uncertainty, utility, and disability inclusion.

Panelist: Blair K. Stevens, MS, CGC (University of Texas Health)
Panelist: Katie Stoll, MS, CSC (Genetic Support Foundation)
Moderator: Maya Sabatello, LLB, PhD (Columbia University)

To continue the conversation please join fellow audience members for an informal discussion in a Zoom meeting immediately following the forum. The link will be placed in the Zoom Chat during the forum. For those who cannot attend the live event, the forum will be recorded and archived on the ELSIhub Video page.

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Event Details

Speaker Name(s)
Maya Sabatello, LLB, PhD
Blair K. Stevens, MS, CGC
Katie Stoll, MS, CSC
Address

United States

Registration Fee
Free

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