GET Conference 2013

April 25 - 26, 2013


Thursday, April 25

8:45 am EDT Harvard Professor George Church Opens the GET Conference     Watch On-Demand
George Church, Professor of Genetics, Harvard Medical School; Professor of Health Sciences & Technology, Harvard and MIT, opens the GET conference.
9:15 am EDT Introducing the Canadian Personal Genome Project     Watch On-Demand
Jill Davies, Genetic Counsellor and Director of Genetics, Medcan Clinic, Stephen Scherer, Senior Scientist, Department Genetics and Genomic Biology, SickKids Hospital; Associate Professor, Department of Molecular and Medical Genetics, University of Toronto in Canada, and Discussion Leader: Carolyn Abraham, Author of Possessing Genius: The Bizarre Odyssey of Einstein's Brain, introduce the Candian Personal Genome Project.
10:15 am EDT Health Reporter John Lauerman's Human Genome Story     Watch On-Demand
John Lauerman, Health and Higher Education Reporter, Bloomberg News, shares his personal human genome story.
10:45 am EDT Choosing to Be a Human Reference Standard for HGP     Watch On-Demand
Misha Angrist, Assistant Professor of the Practice, Institute for Genome Sciences & Policy, Marc Salit, Research Chemist, NIST, Dorit Berlin, Principal Investigator, National Institute of General Medical Sciences Human Genetic Cell Repository; Principal Investigator, Congenital Heart Disease Genetic Network Study Biorepository, and Robert Krulwich, Science Correspondent, NPR; Co-host, NPR's "Radiolab", discuss choosing to be a human reference standard for the human genome project.
11:45 am EDT Jack Hitt Talks 'Bunch of Amateurs' & At-Home Geneticists     Watch On-Demand
Jack Hitt, Author; Contributing Writer, New York Times Magazine, shares the stories of at-home geneticists he met while researching for his book "Bunch of Amateurs: A Search for the American Character."
1:15 pm EDT Benjamin Heywood: Open Patient Reported Outcomes     Watch On-Demand
Benjamin Heywood, Co-founder and President, PatientsLikeMe, shares reported outcomes from personal genome open patients.
1:30 pm EDT The Impact of Genomics in the Practice of Medicine     Watch On-Demand
Robert Green, Division of Genetics, Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School; Associate Director for Research, Partners HealthCare Center for Personalized Genetic Medicine, Heidi Rehm, Chief Laboratory Director, Laboratory for Molecular Medicine, Partners Healthcare Center for Personalized Genetic Medicine; Assistant Professor of Pathology, Harvard Medical School, and Daniel MacArthur, Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical School, discuss the impact genomics will have in the practice of medicine.
3:00 pm EDT Radical Participant Access to Health Research Data     Watch On-Demand
Jeff Carroll, Assistant Professor, Psychology Department, Western Washington University, and Ed Wild, NIHR Clinical Lecturer, UCL Institute of Neurology, share radical new participant access to health research data.
3:30 pm EDT Reg4All: A New System for Connecting Health Information     Watch On-Demand
Sharon Terry, President and CEO, Genetic Alliance, introduces Reg4All, a new system for connecting patients with comprehensive health information.
3:45 pm EDT Building Beyond Expert Guilds: Imagine What We Can Do     Watch On-Demand
Stephen Friend, President, Sage Bionetworks, shares what can be accomplished if scientists build beyond expert guilds.
4:00 pm EDT Genetics in Hollywood: Storylines that Improve Health     Watch On-Demand
Sandra de Castro Buffington, Director of Hollywood, Health & Society, USC Annenberg Norman Lear Center, shares how genetic storylines in Hollywood help improve health worldwide.

Buffington is introduced by Marnie Gelbart, Director of Program Development and National Initiatives, Personal Genetics Education Project (pgEd), Harvard Medical School.
4:30 pm EDT The Future of Science at the Design + Biology Crossroads     Watch On-Demand
Rodrigo Martinez, Life Sciences Chief Strategist, IDEO, discusses the future of science at the crossroads of design and biology. Martinez is introduced by Juan Enriquez, Founding Director of the Life Sciences Project at Harvard Business School.
4:50 pm EDT Matt Posard: How Illumina is Revolutionizing Genomics     Watch On-Demand
Matt Posard, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Translational & Consumer Genomics Business, Illumina, shares how Illumina is revolutionizing personal genomics research.
7:00 pm EDT Conversation: Steven Pinker on Decline of Human Violence     Watch On-Demand
A conversation with Steven Pinker, Harvard College Professor and Johnstone Family Professor, Department of Psychology, Harvard University, and Stephen Heuser, Ideas Editor, The Boston Globe, on the decline of human violence.

Friday, April 26

8:45 am EDT Nobel Laureate Wally Gilbert on the State of Genetics     Watch On-Demand
Wally Gilbert, Molecular biology pioneer, biotech entrepreneur, Harvard professor and 1980 Nobel laureate in Chemistry, discusses the state of genetic research.
9:15 am EDT Rob Knight: Making the HMP Data Work for You     Watch On-Demand
Rob Knight, Assistant Professor, Chemistry & Biochemistry Department, University of Colorado, Boulder, discusses how citizen scientists can utilize HMP data in participatory research.
9:40 am EDT Holly Menninger: Wild Life of Your Home     Watch On-Demand
Holly Menninger, Director of Public Science, Your Wild Life, reveals the wild life that live and thrive in your home.
10:05 am EDT Rumi Chunara: The Potential of Digital Disease Detection     Watch On-Demand
Rumi Chunara, Instructor, Boston Children's Hospital and Harvard Medical School, shares the advancement of digital disease detection.
10:30 am EDT John Moult: The Human Genetic Code Deciphered     Watch On-Demand
John Moult, Professor, Institute for Bioscience and Biotechnology Research (IBBR), University of Maryland, deciphers the human genetic codes with participatory research tools.
11:00 am EDT Andreas Keller: The Variability of Odor Perception     Watch On-Demand
Andreas Keller, Research Associate, Laboratory of Neurogenetics and Behavior, Rockefeller University in New York, reveals new genetic research data that suggest the variability of odor perception.
11:30 am EDT Sarah Tishkoff: Genetic Research & DNA Testing in Africa     Watch On-Demand
Sarah Tishkoff, David and Lyn Silfen University Professor, Genetics and Biology, University of Pennsylvania, shares the results genetic research and DNA testing in Africa.
11:45 am EDT George Church Concludes the GET Conference     Watch On-Demand
George Church, Professor of Genetics, Harvard Medical School; Professor of Health Sciences & Technology, Harvard and MIT, concludes the GET conference.

About this conference

The GET Conference is the event for people working at the frontiers of human biology. We invite leading thinkers to discuss the important ways in which new genomic technologies will affect all of our lives in the coming years and to debate their technical, commercial, and societal impacts. We bring together scientists, industry leaders, entrepreneurs, practitioners, investors, researchers, and others to discuss advances in our ability to measure and understand human biology. The GET Conference is produced by, a nonprofit organization which aims to increase biological literacy and improve human health through its support of the Personal Genome Project and other groundbreaking initiatives.

About The Personal Genome Project

In an unprecedented achievement, the Human Genome Project provided the first drafts of nearly complete human genome sequences in 2001 after more than a decade of effort by scientists worldwide. This information is now being used to advance medicine, human biology, and knowledge of human origins.

We foresee a day when many individuals will want to get their own genome sequenced so that they may use this information to understand such things as their individual risk profiles for disease, their physical and biological characteristics, and their personal ancestries. To get to this point will require a critical mass of interested users, tools for obtaining and interpreting genome information, and supportive policy, research, and service communities. To catalyze these developments, we launched the Personal Genome Project (PGP).

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