Beyond the Headlines: Practicalities and Implications of DNA Sequencing

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Lash Miller Chemical Laboratories

80 St. George Street

Toronto, Ontario M5S3H6

Canada

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Schedule: May 3, 2019

5:40-6:00pm Registration and doors open

6:00-7:30pm Panel Discussion

7:30-10:00pm Networking dinner


As the costs of sequencing DNA fall, large-scale genome sequencing is beginning to be adopted widely in clinical and laboratory settings with significant implications for the healthcare sector as well as society at large. Furthermore, direct-to-consumer genetic testing services have experienced a recent surge in popularity, with more people using products like 23andMe and AncestryDNA to trace their heritage, learn about genetically inherited traits, and purportedly predict the risk of serious health conditions. With personal genomic data becoming quite commonplace everywhere from the cancer clinic to one’s own living room, there are many legitimate concerns over patient and consumer privacy. There are also questions about the accuracy and validity of direct-to-consumer genetic test kits, and whether we should even be providing this information to non-clinicians in the first place. What are the implications -- ethical, political, and scientific -- of widespread genome sequencing for clinicians, researchers, and members of the public? And are home DNA test kits worth the hype?

The panel will begin with a short literature-based introduction to the topic of DNA sequencing, touching on how this topic is discussed in mass media. Join our moderated discussion with an expert panel & audience Q&A to learn more about DNA testing and how it might affect every day life. Following the panel, join us for a networking dinner to have an opportunity to discuss further with our panelists.

We are very pleased to announce that Dr. Naveed Aziz (Canada’s Genomics Enterprise), Clare Gibbons (North York General Hospital), Bev Heim-Myers (Canadian Coalition for Genetic Fairness), and Dr. Katherine Siminovitch (Mount Sinai Hospital/University Health Network) will be participating in our panel, which will be moderated by Dr. Nesrin Vurgun (Biological Chemist and Post-doctoral fellow at the University of Toronto). To learn more about the panelists, check out CBP's website for more details.

This event is being hosted by the Chemical Biophysics Symposium (CBP), Chemical Institute of Canada Toronto Section (CICToronto), Toronto Science Policy Network (TSPN), with support from the Chemical Education Fund at the Chemical Institute of Canada.

Tickets for the networking dinner are $5 and include one drink ticket and cash bar will be available on site (cash only, no ATM on site). Catering will be provided by Ghazale, with vegan and gluten free options available.

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Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

19+ to purchase alcohol, non-alcoholic beverages will be available.

What are my transportation options for getting to and from the event?

The closest subway stop is St. George Station, which is a ten minute walk from Lash Miller Chemical Laboratories.


What accessibility accommodations are available?

Our event will feature live captioning.

The main entrance to the Lash Miller building is on St. George street and is wheelchair accessible with auto openers at the large double doors.

The networking dinner will be held on the third floor of the Lash Miller building (in the Davenport Atrium) and can be reached by elevator and is wheelchair-accessible.

Please contact us at chemicalbiophysics@gmail.com with requests, and we will work to ensure your experience is a comfortable one.

Is there a code of conduct?

Yes!

CBP, TSPN and CICToronto is dedicated to providing a harassment-free event experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, religion (or lack thereof), or technology choices. We do not tolerate harassment of event participants in any form. Sexual language and imagery is not appropriate for any activities, including talks, workshops, parties, Twitter and other online media. Event participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or asked to leave the event at the discretion of the conference organizers.

This code of conduct was adapted from the confcodeofconduct.com.


Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

No, we simply need your name to check you into the event.


How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Please contact chemicalbiophysics@gmail.com with any questions, concerns or requests for accommodations.

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Lash Miller Chemical Laboratories

80 St. George Street

Toronto, Ontario M5S3H6

Canada

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Refunds up to 7 days before event

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