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2024 Fellows Symposium Focuses on Ethics and Equity in Genetics Research

, by Jennifer K. Loukissas, M.P.P.

The 16th Annual DCEG Fellows’ Symposium, "GenEthics: Advancing ethics and equity across the genetics landscape," was held on April 30, 2024, at NCI Shady Grove. 

Participants heard from three keynote speakers: NCI Director Dr. W. Kimryn Rathmell, Dr. Melissa B. Davis, Director, Institute of Translational Genomic Medicine, Morehouse School of Medicine, and Dr. Kevin Davies, Executive Editor, The CRISPR Journal and GEN Biotechnology. The day also included an interactive speaker panel, fellow poster presentations, and a networking/social event. 

Three fellows received awards for their posters:  

  • Sherifa Akinniyi, B.S., “Genome-First Approach to Understand the Prevalence and Associated Phenotypes of Individuals with Germline P/LP TERT Variants” 
  • Katherine E. Hullin, B.S., “Functional Characterization of the chr1p36.33 KLHL17/NCO2L Pancreatic Cancer Risk Locus Suggests Effects on the Unfolded Protein Response Pathway” 
  • Shuai Xie, Ph.D., M.P.H., “Occupational Exposures to Organic Solvents and Risk of Bladder Cancer” 

The Symposium Planning Committee included the following fellows and was supported by the DCEG Office of Education.