News Release

March 29, 2006

Contact: Patrick S. Keefe, 860-679-2447

Health Center Symposium Addresses ‘Genetics and Health’

Keynote Speaker, Dr. Jean Jenkins, Noted N.I.H. Genetics Educator

The University of Connecticut Health Center is hosting a seminar on “Genetics and Health: Research, Education, and Communities,” March 30 from 5 to 8 p.m. in Patterson Auditorium on the campus, 263 Farmington Ave., Farmington.

The keynote speaker is Jean Jenkins, B.S.N., M.S.N., Ph.D., senior clinical advisor, Office of the Director, National Human Genome Research Institute, National Institutes of Health. Dr. Jenkins has held many leadership positions at N.I.H. including chair of a national coalition for health professional education in genetics working group which developed recommendations of core competencies in genetics essential for all health professionals.

She has written several texts and many articles.

This symposium will provide an overview of important new research in genetics and the relevance for eliminating health disparities. The focus will be on how new information is being used in clinical care, patient and community education and the implications for medical education curriculum development.

The symposium is sponsored by Community Based Education, UConn School of Medicine.

If interested in attending, contact Patrick Keefe by e-mail, phone.

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