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The Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin Endowment is pleased to invite you to our spring 2018 Conversations with Scientists series, Precision Medicine: Own your own genome. This four-part event invites the public to learn about the groundbreaking changes taking place in biomedical research, medical education and health care at MCW today.

Precision Medicine is an approach for disease treatment and prevention that takes into account individual differences in genes, environment and lifestyle. The spring series will explore the history of precision medicine and what you need to know about the "genome", how scientists use research to solve tough medical cases, the power in understanding your DNA, and new ways doctors and scientists are using genetic information to understand disease and care for your health.

WHEN: April 11, 18, 25, and May 2, 2018; Doors open and light refreshments will be available at 6 p.m.. Conversations will begin promptly at 6:30 p.m., ending at 8:30 p.m.

WHERE: New this year, Conversations with Scientist will be hosted at multiple locations!

  • MCW – Milwaukee Campus: The event will be held live in Milwaukee, in the Kerrigan Auditorium in the Medical Education Building, Medical College of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, 8701 Watertown Plank Road, Milwaukee, WI. Map for Parking and Entrance (PDF)
  • MCW – Central Wisconsin Campus: The event will be livestreamed from Milwaukee to Central Wisconsin through real-time, interactive technology, Suite 2-730, Medical College of Wisconsin – Central Wisconsin, 333 Pine Ridge Boulevard, Wausau, WI. Map for Parking* and Entrance (PDF). *You will need to register to receive a parking pass for the evening.

COST: Free, but space is limited at both locations. Register to save your spot today!

Download Event Flyer - Milwaukee (PDF)

Download Event Flyer - Central Wisconsin (PDF)

Want to brush up on precision medicine before the series? Listen to this 30-minute podcast with Raul Urrutia, MD, Director of the Genomic Sciences and Precision Medicine Center at MCW, explain why precision medicine is the last revolution in medicine!

April 11th |  Precision Medicine 101:  What you need to know

Featured Speakers

Raul Urrutia, MDOpening remarks
Defining Precision Medicine and inspiring people to seek the healing power of its practice

Speaker:  Raul A. Urrutia, MD, professor of surgery and biochemistry, Warren P. Knowles Endowed Chair of Genomics and Precision Medicine, director, genomic sciences and precision medicine center (GSPMC), director, developmental therapeutics program, cancer center, director, pancreatic cancer program, Medical College of Wisconsin, chief scientific officer, Cancer Epigenetics Society (CES)

 

 

 

Donald Basel, MDWhat is the genome, and what can the genome tell us?
Speaker:  Donald Basel, MD, associate professor of pediatrics, chief, division of genetics, associate director, undiagnosed and rare disease program, genomic sciences and precision medicine center, Medical College of Wisconsin

 

 

 

Melinda Dwinell, MDDemystifying the process: How a sample becomes genomic data
Speaker:  Melinda Dwinell, PhD, associate professor of physiology, associate director of education and outreach, genomic sciences and precision medicine center, Medical College of Wisconsin

 

 


 


April 18th |  The Diagnostic Odyssey:  Why we need research in the medical practice

 

The Freund FamilyOpening remarks: One family's journey to diagnosis
Speaker: The Freund Family

 
 
 
 
 
 
Featured Speakers
 

Gabriella Geddes, MDRare and undiagnosed diseases:  When the answer is a process
Speaker:  Gabrielle Geddes, MD, assistant professor of pediatrics, Medical College of Wisconsin

 

 

 

Wendy Demos, MSThe role of bioinformatics in diagnosis– The essential middle[wo]man
Speaker:  Wendy Demos, MS, bioinformatics analyst, genomic sciences and precision medicine center, bioinformatics center, Medical College of Wisconsin

 

 


 

Michael Zimmermann, PhDFunctional validation: Gathering the right data to make the right interpretation
Speaker:  Michael Zimmermann, PhD, assistant professor, clinical and translational science institute, director of the bioinformatics research and development laboratory; genomic sciences and precision medicine center, Medical College of Wisconsin

 

 

 


April 25th |  Your DNA:  A stranger no more

Ben George, MD

Opening remarks
Speaker: Ben George, MD, associate professor of medicine, division of hematology and oncology, director, phase I clinical trials program, medical director, cancer precision medicine practice integration, genomic sciences and precision medicine center, Medical College of Wisconsin

 

 

 

 

Featured Speakers

Jennifer Geurts, MS, CGCRecreational Genomics vs. Clinical Genomics: Is all genetic testing the same?
Speaker:  Jennifer Geurts, MS, CGC, associate director of genetic counseling, genomic sciences and precision medicine center, Medical College of Wisconsin

 

 

 

 

Bradley Crotty, MDPersonalizing care: Using genes, sensors, and apps to create personalized approaches to care
Speaker:  Bradley Crotty, MD, MPH, FACP, assistant professor of medicine, division of general internal medicine, Medical College of Wisconsin

 

 

 

Jeffrey Whittle, MDWhy the all of Us Program might improve or worsen disparities in health and healthcare
Jeffrey Whittle, MD, MPH, professor of medicine, division of general internal medicine, Medical College of Wisconsin

 

 

 

 


May 2nd   |  Bugs, drugs, and Grandma

Joseph E. Kerschner, MDOpening remarks
Speaker: Joseph E. Kerschner, MD, dean of the school of medicine, provost and executive vice president, professor of otolaryngology and microbiology and immunology, Medical College of Wisconsin

 

 

 

 

Featured Speakers

Nathan Kedebier, PhDShould I really wash my hand all the time? Why bacteria can be our friends!
Speaker: Nathan Ledeboer, PhD,  associate professor of pathology, Medical College of Wisconsin

 

 

 

 

Ulrich Broeckel, MDPharmacogenetics – Understanding individual drug response and bringing this to patients
Speaker:  Ulrich Broeckel, MD, professor of pediatrics, medicine, and physiology, chief, section of genomic pediatrics, associated director for pharmacogenetics, genomic science and precision medicine center, Medical College of Wisconsin, founder and CEO, RPRD Diagnostics

 

 


 

Robert Lane, MDYou and your family’s early life history determine your health because of epigenetics
Speaker:  Robert Lane, MD, professor and chair of pediatrics, Medical College of Wisconsin

 

 

 

 


If you have questions regarding the Conversations with Scientists program, please contact Kristen Gardner-Volle at kgardnervolle@mcw.edu or (414) 955-4754.

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