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Recently, several unique partnerships for population sequencing studies have been launched. Various medical organizations and pharmaceutical and direct-to-consumer testing companies are included in these partnerships. The designed studies are expected to create new insights, identify new disease targets, and improve individualized patient care. In this session we will hear updates about several of these collaborative population studies to learn about the various opportunities created, the resulting benefits for each of the partners, and the challenges that need to be overcome in relation to data flow and data sharing.
Dr. Aleksandar Rajkovic was the Professor and Marcus Allen Hogge Chair in Reproductive Sciences, the Director of the Division of Reproductive Genetics and Medical Director for the Pittsburgh Cytogenetic and Genomic Laboratories in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh. He recently moved to UCSF to be the Chief Genomics Officer. He serves as the Medical Director and Chief of the Center for Genetic and Genomic Medicine (CGGM) that organizes, coordinates and oversees Clinical Genetics and Genomics Services across the entire UCSF Health System. He is also Stuart Lindsay Distinguished Professor in Experimental Pathology I, member of the American Society of Clinical Investigator and American Association of Physicians. His research interests lie in basic and translational medical sciences in the area of reproductive genetics. Dr. Rajkovic discovered numerous genes that play critical roles in reproductive tract development, male and female infertility, and uterine tumors. He has been at the forefront of applying cutting edge genomic technologies to reproductive diagnostics, including prenatal diagnosis, preimplantation genetic screening, and perinatal genomics. He has made significant contributions to non-invasive diagnosis of submicroscopic deletions, design and utility of dense X chromosome arrays, and utility of genome wide detection of copy number variants in prenatal diagnosis. His current interests lie in whole genome applications towards population based health prediction and prevention, as well as elimination of Mendialian disorders.
Jennifer Low joined 23andMe in 2018 as Head of Therapeutics Development. She oversees the transition of potential therapeutics from 23andMe's research laboratories into clinical development studies. Jennifer has considerable drug development experience. She has been the Chief Medical Officer and Executive Vice President of Research and Development at Loxo Oncology where she oversaw the clinical development of Vitrakvi. Prior to that she was a Senior Group Director at Genentech, a member of the Roche Group, where she oversaw the Erivedge, Zelboraf, and Cotellic clinical development programs among many others. She received her undergraduate degree from Caltech, her MD and PhD degrees from Georgetown, and completed her internal medicine residency at the University of California Davis, her medical oncology fellowship at the National Cancer Institute. She has co-authored papers appearing in the New England Journal of Medicine and Science.
Dr. Tony Slonim is one of the nation’s most innovative and progressive health leaders. With a personal passion for improving health, Tony caught the industry’s attention by launching the Healthy Nevada Project®, the first and fastest-growing population health study combining genetic, environmental, social and clinical data to address individual and community health needs. With nearly 40,000 study volunteers enrolled across the state, the Project is returning clinically actionable results to participants and conducting extensive research. Recognized nationally as a thought leader, Modern Healthcare named Tony to its Most Influential Physician Executives and Leaders list. He has also been honored on Becker’s Hospital Review’s “Physician Leaders to Know” list since 2014. A quadruple board-certified physician with more than 120 publications and 15 textbooks to his name, Tony is a certified pediatric intensivist by training, a two time TEDx speaker.and chair of the American Hospital Association’s Systems Council representing more than 300 integrated health systems.