The IEEE EMBS and Monash University would like to invite you to IEEE EMBS Distinguished Lecturer Program by Dr. Elizabeth Worthey, the director for software development and informatics at the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology.
Below are the details of the event:-
Date : 8 December 2016 (Thursday)
Time : 10.00 am
Title : Providing a definitive diagnosis: Advances, findings, and challenges remaining for the clinical application of genomics.
Venue : Swan Convention Centre, 4th Floor, Tower A, Sunway Medical Centre.
**Admission: FREE, please register at https://goo.gl/forms/d9urNvPdLuPEAeoO2
The advent of genome wide sequencing and informatics to extract knowledge from genomic data has rapidly altered the practice of medicine in both rare disease and oncology settings. This method has already uncovered hundreds of novel disease associations that would not otherwise have been found. It has more than tripled the diagnostic success rate in patients with genetic or somatic disorders. Application of genome wide sequencing is now leading to advances in other clinical and preclinical areas including clinical trial cohort selection and analysis, pharmacologic selections, biomarker development, and personalised screening and therapeutics. I will illustrate the clinical utility, validity, and suitability of whole genome and exome sequencing providing examples from our genomic clinic where this approach has resulted in unexpected diagnoses, novel insights, and/or better clinical decision making.
Liz Worthey, PhD, is a faculty investigator and the director for software development and informatics at the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology. She is interested in developing new tools for interpreting genomic data. Worthey leads her team in supporting the informatics goals of the institute as well as the clinical mission to provide definitive diagnoses for patients. Worthey received her PhD in genetics from Imperial College London in 2003 and completed her postdoctoral fellowship at the Seattle Biomedical Research Institute at the University of Washington, working on both eukaryotic genomics and other high throughput “omics” projects. In 2008, after working as a project manager for Merck & Co., Worthey joined the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) as senior research scientist and became an assistant professor of pediatric genomics in 2010. Worthey became director of genomic informatics for the Human and Molecular Genetics Center at MCW in 2012. She also holds an adjunct assistant professorship in the computer science department at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee and adjunct assistant professor positions within the department of pediatrics and department of genetics at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.