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Tuesday, July 23, 2013 - 3:30 pm PST/6:30 pm EST
Our incredible special guest tonight is Dr. Alicia Semaka, a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of British Columbia. She received her MSc in Genetic Counseling in 2005 and her PhD in Medical Genetics under the supervision of Dr. Michael Hayden at the Centre for Molecular Medicine & Therapeutics in 2012. Her doctoral research focused on intermediate alleles for Huntington disease. Using a unique, multidisciplinary methodology that combined molecular and qualitative techniques, she generated new data on the frequency, haplotype, and CAG repeat instability of intermediate alleles and explored patient understanding and genetic counseling practices regarding intermediate allele predictive test results. Her research findings fill a significant gap in our knowledge on intermediate alleles and have important implications for predictive testing.
We will be discussing an overview of her research relating to implications for genetic counseling/predictive testing and the HD community and background information on intermediate alleles, CAG size range, repeat instability and factors that influence instability. Also topic for discussion, two family history case studies.
Join us this week on Christian Devotions SPEAK UP!as host Scott McCausey interviews Author Anita Mellott and Christian Author Guild’s own Cynthia L. Simmons.
Anita Mellott grew up in India climbing mango trees and devouring books and mangoes. With a post-graduate degree in journalism and mass communications in hand, she moved to Canada to major in communications and culture at the University of Windsor. A brief stint in advertising and P.R. followed when she returned to India and began teaching journalism at her alma mater. Anita worked for 13 years as a writer/editor with Habitat for Humanity International. She’s now happily married and home-schools her kids. You can find more about her at www.anitamellott.com.
Cynthia joined Christian Authors Guild (CAG) in 2004. She has served as chaplain, conference director, and president. CAG granted Cynthia lifetime membership in December 2009. Cynthia's writing appeared in CAG publications, NATHHAN NEWS, Chattanooga Regional Historical Magazine, Georgia Right to Life Newsletter, Chattanooga Times Free Press, Catholic Exchange, and Christian Devotions.com. Her first book, Struggles and Triumphs, came out in 2008. Cynthia continues to serve in a leadership position at CAG. She teaches seminars, conducts podcast interviews, and makes videos. Find out more about her at www.clsimmons.com.
Monday, December 19, 2011 - Our incredible special guest is Dr. Christopher Ross, PI for the HSG sponsored PREQUEL Coenzyme Q10 study. Dr. Ross is Professor of Psychiatry, Neurology and Neurosciences at Johns Hopkins. In their study of neuropsychiatric disorders, Dr. Ross and his research team focus on Huntington's disease and Parkinson's disease, and use insights from these disorders to approach more complex diseases such as schizophrenia. They use biophysical and biochemical techniques, cell models, and transgenic mouse models to understand disease processes and provide targets for development of rational therapeutics. Ultimately, the neurobiologic study of schizophrenia many help illuminate normal thought, perception and emotion – and help us understand the biology of human nature itself.
We as a community have many questions relating to CAG and the current diagnostic criteria at the COE's as well as clinical studies and trials. We have so many questions...but not enough answers!
Our community wants to know! Please send your questions to Melissa at email@example.com or send comments to www.help4hd-international.org
Monday, June 27, 2011 - Our incredible special guest is Stacy Brookhyser (CAG 42), mother of twins free of HD. She is a super duper proactive HD warrior who is spreading the word about a new procedure to stop HD in its tracks.
Planning an HD-free family with IVF/PGD
Yes, you can stop Huntington's Disease in the future generations of your family! With the help of skilled medical professionals, YOU have the ability to prevent your children from inheriting HD.
What is PGD
After in-vitrofertilization (IVF), embryos can be tested using pre-implantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) to determine their genetic makeup. When the embryos contain eight cells, they are tested for the HD mutation in the Huntingtin gene. Only embryos with the unaffected gene are transferred to the mother. These embryos will never get HD or transmit it to their children. The procedure essentially eliminates HD from that family line. Forever!
Stacy's website: www.hdfreewithpgd.com
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