Charting a New Course in Pediatric Genomic Medicine
F. Sessions Cole, M.D., Park J. White Professor of Pediatrics
James R. Downing, M.D.
Stephen F. Kingsmore, M.D., D.Sc.
Moderator: Anne McGrath, Managing Editor, U.S. News & World Report
As technology has advanced and costs have come down, more and more children’s hospitals are tapping the power of sophisticated genetic testing as an increasingly routine part of care. Many pediatric institutions have established genomic medicine centers, sometimes in collaboration with adult hospitals or research universities. Such institutions are building sweeping databases of genetic data to more deeply understand the genetics of childhood cancers or rare diseases, for instance, and craft personalized treatment protocols where they can. But much of the territory is still uncharted, and many challenges remain, from hiring more genetic experts to putting in place the proper analytics infrastructure to interpret the data. This session will feature pediatric programs that are ahead of the curve in genomic medicine.