Internship program opens the door into the world of genetic counseling and research

Brigham Clinical and Research News |
October 2021
G2P News, Press

This year, Erin Drake, MA, director of operations for G2P, and Tala Berro, MS, CGC, a genetic counselor and project manager, helped launch the G2P BIPOC internship program in recognition of the importance of diversity not only in clinical trials but also in research teams. Research trainees Soha Mohammed, Kopika Kuhathaas and Shardae Williams share … Continued

Diverse Boston neighborhoods recruited for sweeping study of genetics and health outcomes

GBH News |
September 2021
Press, Radio

“Medical researchers in Boston are helping sign up one million volunteers for a first-of-its-kind study [The All of Us Research Program] examining the link between genes and our health. Researchers are actively recruiting volunteers of different races and ethnicities to ensure that the study reflects the diversity of the United States.”

Sequencing every newborn’s genome to detect diseases faces ethical and practical obstacles, but the United Kingdom is pushing ahead with a major test

Science |
September 2021
Press

Genomic testing for Baby Cora, a participant of The BabySeq Project, revealed a disorder that might otherwise have gone undetected through traditional newborn screening. “Cora’s case illustrates the promise of sequencing the entire genomes of newborns: uncovering a bounty of genetic information that could identify infants needing treatment and improve health later in life…Genomics England … Continued

Study finds genomic sequencing of healthy newborns does not disrupt family dynamics

EurekAlert |
August 2021
Press, Press Release

“We have now shown that this information can be medically beneficial through early intervention and is not disruptive to the parent-infant relationship, and our ongoing analysis is measuring economic effects of genome sequencing. This type of research is critical to determine best practices for preventive genomic healthcare throughout the lifespan.” – Robert Green

Green receives NIH research grant for BabySeq2

Brigham Publications: Awards, Honors & Grants |
August 2021
Press

“Robert Green, MD, MPH, of the Division of Genetics, received a research grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to fund The BabySeq Project: Phase II, also known as BabySeq2, the continuation of a project to study genome sequencing in newborns.”

Zara revisits iconic Peter Lindbergh photographs in a surprise collection

Vogue |
July 2021
Press

ZARA launches its first tribute collection, featuring iconic photographs by legendary image maker Peter Lindbergh. 100% of proceeds from this limited edition series curated by Fabien Baron will be donated to The Franca Sozzani Fund for Preventive Genomics, supporting the Global BabySeq Project in collaboration with Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School.

Combining science and service as a VA genetic counselor

VAntage Point |
March 2021
Press

“In 2019, [G2V’s] Morgan Danowski graduated and joined Boston VA. There, she supports VA’s Million Veteran Program (MVP), now the world’s largest genomics research program. The program takes DNA from participating Veterans and information on their health, lifestyle and military experiences and exposures to better understand disease in Veteran populations. With over 830,000 Veterans enrolled, … Continued

I’m 28 and I don’t know my family history – here’s how that affects my health

Well + Good |
February 2021
Press

28 year old Mercey Livingston shares about what it means to be adopted and not know important information related to family health history and genetic health. Livingston quotes G2P’s director, Dr. Robert Green, explaining the differences between direct to consumer testing and comprehensive testing options, as well as the value of working with a genetics … Continued

What experts think of 23andMe’s COVID-19 risk calculator

Healthline |
February 2021
Press

In this article, Dr. Robert C. Green weighs in on 23andMe’s new interactive tool called the COVID-19 Severity Calculator. Right now the COVID-19 Severity Calculator only includes nongenetic risk factors for hospitalization from COVID-19. Dr. Green suspects that as more insights on genetic risk factors become available, 23andMe might begin incorporating genetic data into their … Continued

Franca Sozzani has inspired a scientific fund – And now a website

Vogue |
December 2020
Press

“Last year Sozzani’s son, the photographer and filmmaker Francesco Carrozzini, established the Franca Sozzani Fund for Preventive Genomics at Harvard University’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital with artist and investor D.A. Wallach and Genomes2People director Dr. Robert C. Green. Today marks the launch of thefrancafund.org. Its purpose is straightforward: to explain the fund’s mission, provide resources … Continued

Preventive genomics clinics: The future of precision medicine?

The Pathologist |
December 2020
Press

“Personal genetic testing is here to stay – so Bethany Zettler and Renée Pelletier recommend preventive genomics clinics as a way to offer the testing patients want without bypassing the guidance they need to fully understand their results.”

DNA: The next vital sign

Brigham Health |
October 2020
Press

Brigham genomics clinic makes medicine personal—and preventive.

Is aging a disease you can reverse? A look at the science behind the longevity movement

Vogue |
September 2020
Press

“Aging can be considered a disease—one that can be targeted, treated, and perhaps even reversed…The new Preventive Genomics Clinic at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston is the first academic clinic in the country to offer comprehensive DNA sequencing and interpretation of nearly 6,000 disease-associated genes.”    

Genomic sequencing to screen newborns raises more false alarms than routine blood tests

STAT |
August 2020
Press

In this study led by UCSF researchers, exome sequencing was found to produce more false positives and false negatives for inherited metabolic disorders than the standard blood testing conducted in newborns. G2P’s Dr. Robert Green, co-leader of the BabySeq Project, speaks to the possibility “that the most comprehensive screening for newborns will be some combination … Continued

Hospital records hold valuable Covid-19 data. Making it usable is time-consuming work

STAT |
May 2020
Press

To help scientists around the globe study Covid-19, researchers in Boston have shared genetic and other clinical data from thousands of patients with an international consortium. That data includes information from dozens of people with Covid-19, who had donated blood samples and opened up their medical records before the pandemic.

Geneticist says DNA testing should be part of everyday healthcare

CNBC |
May 2020
Press, Video

Dr. Robert Green is the director of the Preventive Genomics Clinic at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. He believes that DNA testing combined with proper counseling and medical follow-up would be a critical element of a healthcare system that can prevent illness.

Coronavirus: Genes may explain why some face greater danger than others

Fox News |
April 2020
Press

“While healthy young people as a group are less likely to have severe symptoms with COVID, they have to understand that some of them will become very ill and will even die from this infection,” Dr. Robert Green said. “No one should assume youth makes them invulnerable.”

Of Known Significance

Clinical Omics |
March 2020
Press

An exclusive Clinical OMICs conversation with the director of Genomes2People, Robert Green, M.D., MPH

All in for All of Us

Brigham Clinical and Research News |
March 2020
Press

Through national research efforts like the All of Us Research Program, Brigham investigators and their collaborators are making genomic research more meaningful, equitable and impactful for all patients at the Brigham and around the world.

Reset your DNA to slow the clock

Neo Life |
December 2019
Press

A new epigenetic test that tracks molecular aging claims to show you how to stay biologically young. However, Robert Green says “epigenetic marks in apparently healthy people can tell them meaningful things about their health status is an overreach.”

Apple is offering free genetic tests to all its Silicon Valley employees

CNBC |
December 2019
Press

“It’s really exciting that to see companies move to preserve health, rather than just treating patients when they’re ill,” said Dr. Robert Green, a medical geneticist at Harvard Medical School and a co-founder of a genetics company called Genome Medical.

23 and baby

Nature |
December 2019
Press

We now have the ability to screen for thousands of genetic diseases in newborns. That may not always be the healthy thing to do.

Addressing barriers to expanding genetic counseling

Modern Health Care |
November 2019
Press

Genetic counselors are becoming a bigger part of the healthcare continuum as population health management seeks to more quickly screen for, assess and prevent illness. Read on as genetic counselors in the field, including our own, Carrie Blout, address some of the barriers in genetic counseling.

China’s genetics giant wants to tailor medicine to your DNA

Bloomberg |
November 2019
Press

BGI is racing toward a world where your DNA informs your medical decisions—and maybe some of your personal ones. Bloomberg asks Dr. Robert Green on his thoughts regarding the medical advances in genomics in China and how they compare to those in the US.