Dr. Sparks is a physician who specializes in Maternal-Fetal Medicine and Clinical Genetics. Her clinical time is spent performing prenatal ultrasounds, developing strategies for genetic evaluations of fetal anomalies, counseling families about the management of fetal anomalies, and caring for pregnant individuals who are diagnosed with a genetic disease themselves. She is the prenatal ultrasound unit director for UCSF Benioff Childrens Physicians, is actively involved in genetics education through the UCSF School of Medicine, and mentors numerous residents, fellows, and junior faculty. Dr. Sparks research focuses on applying genomic sequencing, functional studies, and fetal phenotyping to discover genetic diseases underlying non-immune hydrops fetalis. Her research program integrates genetic sequencing and fetal imaging to define the unique fetal phenotypes of genetic diseases, achieve an earlier diagnosis, and develop novel opportunities for fetal intervention and treatment for cases of non-immune hydrops fetalis.
Prenatal genetic diagnosis: past, present, and future
This talk will provide an overview of current prenatal screening and diagnostic genetic testing options, discuss our current understanding of how genetic diseases manifest in utero, and describe future directions of prenatal screening, diagnostic testing, and novel in utero treatments for genetic diseases.
Track 3, January 26
Yoel Sadovsky, UPMC
Aleksandar Rajkovic, UCSF
Researchers have long been recognizing the uniqueness of women’s health and its substantial effect on clinical practice, acknowledging the increasing appreciation of the importance of multidisciplinary approaches to health and disease. In every organ system, there are diseases that are unique to women, more common in women than in men, or characterized by differences in disease course in women compared to men. This Track will focus on the following topics related to Women’s Health: