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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.

G2P Newsletter October 2019

October 2019
G2P News

This Fall, G2P launched the Brigham Preventive Genomics Clinic, the first ever to offer comprehensive sequencing to healthy adults and children. We also hosted the PopSeq Inaugural Retreat in Boston to kick-off the first ever study to return unanticipated genetic findings to African Americans and examine rare diseases in population-based cohorts. Check out the new … Continued

Preventive Genomics Brochure

October 2019
Press

Please view our online brochure if you are interested in learning more about the Preventive Genomics Clinic at Brigham & Women’s Hospital

Frequently Asked Questions

October 2019
Press

Want more information on the Preventive Genomics Clinic? Check out answers to our most frequently asked questions.

Is preventive genomics elitist?

Medium |
October 2019
G2P Blog

The ultimate aim of our Genomes2People Research Program is to contribute to the transformation of medicine from reactive to proactive, from treatment-oriented to preventive. We are trying to help build the evidence base that will justify societal decision to make these technologies and services accessible to anyone who wants them, regardless of means, education or … Continued

Brigham and Women’s Hospital opens preventive genomics clinic

Genome Web |
August 2019
Press

“Preventive genomics is not yet recommended as standard of care,” Robert Green, director of the Preventive Genomics Clinic, said in a statement. “But for over two decades, our NIH-funded, randomized trials in translational genomics have generated consistent evidence that there are more potential medical benefits and fewer risks than previously considered. It is time for … Continued

NHGRI Announces Six Inaugural Genomic Innovator Awards

National Human Genome Research Institute |
August 2019
Press

Dr. Jason Vassey was announced as one of six recipients for the Genomic Innovator supporting early career investigators researching genome biology, genomic medicine, technology development and societal implications of genomic advances.

FDA stepping up actions against PGx testing, forcing some labs to stop reporting drug information

Genome Web |
August 2019
Press

Researchers led by Robert Green at Brigham and Women’s Hospital looked at whether consumers getting direct-to-consumer genetic testing were using PGx tests to change treatment decisions. Although this study relied on self-reported data from participants, it suggests that less than 1 percent could have made unsupervised medication changes based on their genetic test results.

Iman Abdulmajid receives Franca Sozzani Award

August 2019
Press Release

Disruptive philanthropist, activist and fashion innovator Iman Abdulmajid will receive the award at a dinner on the eve of the 76th Venice Film Festival.  

Partners Biobank surpasses 100,000 participants

Brigham Bulletin |
August 2019
Press

“I would have never known that I was at risk if i hadn’t donated to the Biobank,” said Kristine Trudeau who knowingly enrolled in the Partners HealthCare Biobank because she wanted to help advance medicine and potentially save lives. She did not expect that it would save her own.

Should you get a home genetic test?

Harvard health Publishing |
February 2019
Press

More and more people want to explore their own medical data, and a DTC genetic test is one way to begin to understand some aspects of your future health.

The genetic counselor with a $4,000 DNA test

Bloomberg |
July 2019
Press, Video

At a new clinic in Boston, genetic counselor Carrie Blout helps healthy patients get their DNA tested for predispositions to more than 2500 diseases. Bloomberg’s Aki Ito goes through the testing herself, trialing a controversial technology at the forefront of modern medicine.

Should you find out if you’re at risk of Alzheimer’s?

The Wall Street Journal |
July 2019
Press

Dr. Robert Green on learning of your genetic risk to developing Alzheimer’s quotes:  “Not everything has a pill or medical-prevention plan, but many information-seeking persons can find all sorts of benefits in better understanding their risk of future disease.”

The promises and pitfalls of gene sequencing for newborns

NPR |
July 2019
Press

A decade ago, it seemed inevitable that every newborn would get a complete gene scan. But there are technical challenges and practical concerns.Dr. Robert Green, from Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, voiced one view about doing that: “If sequencing reveals health risks at any point in life, and if that’s good, then it’s better … Continued

Blood samples reveal valuable data — and life-changing surprises for donors

The Boston Globe |
July 2019
Press

Kristine Trudeau agreed to donate a sample of blood to the Partners HealthCare Biobank, a resource for researchers across the Partners hospital network — including the Brigham and Massachusetts General. By analyzing large numbers of blood samples, scientists can learn how genes contribute to disease. Trudeau shares her experiences as being one the many participants … Continued

G2P Newsletter June 2019

June 2019
G2P News

G2P’s summer began with our team members participating in the Boston Athletic Association 10K on Sunday June 23rd! Over the past few months, G2P faculty have attended numerous conferences nationwide, been featured in podcasts discussing the new preventive genomics clinic, and engaged with leaders in science, business, and industry in support of the Franca Fund.

Sanford Health taps Harvard, Brigham and Women’s for genetic screening study

Genome Web |
June 2019
Press

Under the four-year collaboration, experts in genomic medicine from Harvard and Brigham and Women’s will help guide Sanford researchers in using and interpreting data collected through the Sanford Chip, a $49 pharmacogenomic test to identify genetic risk factors for medication use and more accurately prescribe medications.

Carrie Blout on discovering whats in your genome

SoundCloud |
May 2019
Podcast

What would happen if everyone got their genome sequenced? This question is no longer the stuff of science fiction. Instead, it is a research question that Senior Genetic Counselor Carrie Blout and her colleagues at the Genomes2People initiative at Brigham and Women’s hospital are trying to answer. We discuss the medical, psychological, and economic impact … Continued

Don’t count on 23andMe to detect most breast cancer risks, study warns

New York Times |
April 2019
Press

Nearly 90 percent of participants who carried a BRCA mutation would have been missed by 23andMe’s test, geneticists found. Dr Robert Green comments, “I think people have the right to their own genetic information, but with that right comes a responsibility. If you are going to go around the medical mainstream, read the caveats.”

DNA testing could save young lives through early intervention

The Harvard Gazette |
March 2019
Press

Pediatric oncologist Dr. Lisa Diller, the Lillian Gollay Knafel Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, is exploring genetic testing in newborns that could help them escape severe health consequences.

G2P Newsletter March 2019

March 2019
G2P News

Spring saw accomplishments by team members through numerous projects. G2P officially kicked-off the PeopleSeq consortium in Boston this January! Our very own, Carrie Blout, MS, CGC, was one of 86 Partner’s individuals awarded the Partners In Excellence Award.

Is it too soon to consider genome sequencing for newborns?

Medium |
March 2019
G2P Blog

Parents and clinicians have their own ideas about newborn genome sequencing. Dr. Robert Green, principal investigator of the BabySeq Project, shares a detailed analysis of the results from the study and his thoughts on the utility of genomic sequencing for newborns in clinical care.

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