13 posts tagged “catherine brownstein”

Moving Genetic Data Discovery Forward

Posted October 26th, 2011 by

In August, we proudly announced that PatientsLikeMe Research Scientist Catherine Brownstein, PhD, MPH, had won a prestigious “Young Investigator Award” from the International Congress for Human Genetics (ICHG). As promised, here is Catherine’s first-person report from the conference, held October 11-15, 2011, in Montreal.

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12th International Congress of Human Genetics

The 12th International Congress for Human Genetics (ICHG) was a fantastic learning experience with 7,200 geneticists, doctors and researchers in attendance – making it the largest ICHG ever.  The talks were of the highest quality, and the latest genetics research was presented and discussed.  It was an honor to give one of these presentations, since only 8% of those who applied were awarded the opportunity.

That brings me to the main purpose of this blog post: A big THANK YOU to the members of PatientsLikeMe. Your data made our presentation possible. I spoke about the ALS pilot program for genetics entry and search functionality, which allows ALS patients to enter their causative genetic mutations (such as SOD1 A4V, SOD1 D90A and VAPB P56S) and find others with the same genetics. It was a groundbreaking project, and we hope to implement it site-wide in the near future.

I also presented some of the key results from our recent survey on genetic testing:

  • 16% of you have had some form of genetic testing.
  • Of those who have been tested, 31% have had a direct-to-consumer genetic test.
  • If cost were NOT a consideration, 83% of you would be at least moderately interested in getting a comprehensive personal genetic test.
  • 68% of you said you would be at least moderately interested in finding others with the same genetics as you.

Thanks again for your participation in the survey, for being members of PatientsLikeMe and for sharing in our research efforts. I hope that next year I’ll be presenting PatientsLikeMe’s site-wide genetics functionality.

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PatientsLikeMeOnCall: How Genetics Bears on Your Condition

Posted September 2nd, 2011 by

PatientsLikeMe Research Scientist Catherine Brownstein, PhD, MPH

Welcome to the fourth installment of our new PatientsLikeMeOnCall podcast series entitled “It’s Friday – Let’s Journal Club.”

This week’s interview is with PatientsLikeMe’s own Catherine Brownstein, PhD, MPH, who recently won a highly competitive award from the International Congress of Human Genetics (ICHG). One of our in-house Research Scientists, Dr. Brownstein captivated PatientsLikeMe headquarters last Friday with her Journal Club talk about what the ICHG award means as well as how the study of genetics can influence healthcare decisions.

Afterwards, PatientsLikeMe’s Aaron Fleishman sat down with Dr. Brownstein to learn more about how the ICHG award is selected as well as how it spotlights PatientsLikeMe’s potential as a platform for genetic discovery. Listen in below to hear what Dr. Brownstein had to say about how your genetics can affect your condition – from how you metabolize drugs to how your disease will progress.