was a month of celebration for us as we welcomed
many of you, as well as guests from around the
country, to the MSGRCC annual meeting in Denver.
More than 75 individuals participated in the
annual meeting; we all learned from the keynote
address on the impact of healthcare reform on
genetic services, and we appreciated updates from
our federal partners at HRSA, SACHDNC and the NCC.
In addition, all workgroups met, several projects
had their annual meetings, and many of us
participated in a tabletop exercise on emergency
preparedness. The MSGRCC Advisory Council met for
a strategic planning session which will guide our
competitive renewal application this fall. And of
course we shared stories about the challenges in
our professional lives and enjoyed just catching
up with good friends. We'll provide more details
about the meeting in the next Message from the PD.
Genetic Services Branch (GSB) at HRSA announced in
July that our good friend and Chief of GSB,
Michele Lloyd-Puryear, MD, PhD, is leaving HRSA to
take a position as Expert in Genetics and Newborn
Screening Services in the Office of Rare Diseases
at the NIH. Michele has been an outstanding leader
and advocate for genetics at GSB, and she has been
a very good friend to MSGRCC. We will miss her!
The good news is that Sara Copeland, MD, has been
appointed as Acting Chief of GSB. Sara has been
with GSB for 18 months; she is an experienced
metabolic pediatrician with extensive expertise in
public health and newborn screening. She will
provide a very steady hand during this period of
transition, and we are looking forward to working
with her very closely in the future.
month we'd like to share with you the final
version of "The Life Rope: Engagement of Diverse
Populations for Recruitment and Representation in
Genetics," a white paper prepared by the MSGRCC
Consumer Advocacy workgroup. Our staff have spent
time over the last year presenting the white paper
to the Secretary's Advisory Committee on Heritable
Disorders in Newborns and Children Education and
Training Subcommittee, other regional
collaboratives on a monthly National Coordinating
Center conference call, and at the Academy for
Health Equity 2010 Annual Conference. You've
probably heard us talk about the white paper many
times and now you can see the full version (and
share it with your colleagues!). You can find the
complete paper at http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?llr=ofyp6xbab&et=1106920865182&s=7901&e=001n70drSD1smY9qDrPTPsZa5UzcZ5QS0q70IMOiSquQ_vmjsmVe5AVjPgrkE5SLPaMPBCaAC297nan2847TCpy3O8qb9i9lJfRBQSlfZHE0AicTfF1OXsQaqaKNWO4fXpHel95_n-MhSmvSBtQkc0q_AJFBjSxPIdxKOqaFK_6xpnfj2ubIzgz0Q==.
August provides all of us with plenty of heat, I
hope you take some time to enjoy these late summer
days. I can imagine you sitting on your porch or
balcony, sipping something cool, and letting your
mind wander to thoughts of your favorite things.
That's what I'll be doing!
Kaye, M.D., Ph.D.