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ACMG Celebrates 25th Anniversary and Looks Back on Contributions to the Field of Medical Genetics

In 2016, the College celebrated its Silver Anniversary. Activities were planned to commemorate ACMG’s 25th anniversary throughout the year including the presentation of a 25th Anniversary Timeline and the recognition of our Founding Fellows and past presidents at the Annual Meeting in Tampa, Florida.

During the Annual Meeting in Tampa, we asked attendees, What Does ACMG Mean to You? One of the responses was, “ACMG means saving and improving lives every day.” 

In our 25th Anniversary History Timeline, we highlighted milestones the College has accomplished over the past 25 years such as the establishment of the ACMG Foundation (1992), the first ACMG Annual Clinical Genetics Meeting in Orlando, FL (1994), the release of the first issue of ACMG’s peer-reviewed journal, Genetics in Medicine (1998), and the release of ACMG’s recommendations on the reporting of Secondary Findings (2013). These milestones are just a few of the many contributions ACMG has made to the practice of clinical and laboratory genetics since its inception.

As ACMG’s Silver Anniversary ends, we’d like to take this moment to thank all of our ACMG members. The vast accomplishments of the past 25 years could not have been possible without the help from our special interest groups, committee volunteers, workgroups, the Board of Directors, and last but not least our donors who have contributed to the ACMG Foundation for Genetic and Genomic Medicine including our Silver Anniversary Donors. We are proud of our 25-year legacy of translating genetic discoveries into better patient care, advocating for our profession and establishing best practices in genetic and genomic medicine. 

We thank all of you for being part of this journey and we are extremely grateful to our Founding Fellows and all of our College presidents – here is to another 25 years!




ACMG Applauds Investment in Precision/Personalized Medicine


President Obama rolled out a plan on Jan. 30, 2015 to invest $215 million in "precision medicine". ACMG applauds this investment in genomic medicine and we look forward to providing input into the process moving forward as leaders in advancing the field of genetics and genomics into all of healthcare. President Obama said that precision or personalized medicine  "gives us one of the greatest opportunities for new medical breakthroughs that we have ever seen." ACMG is already actively developing the standards by which genomic medicine will be practiced including practice guidelines for laboratories and clinicians and is partnered in the Clinical Genomics Resource  (ClinGen) Project that is bringing the expertise of those trained in this field to the clinical curation of genomic variation based on data provided by clinical genetics and genomics service providers across the country.  Read more about President Obama's Precision Medicine Initiative here

ACMG thanks its members, Board and staff who work tirelessly on behalf of patients and families every day to make the promise of genomic medicine a reality in improving public health and in preventing and treating genetic diseases. 

You can watch the White House video here on the Precision Medicine Initiative - note the actual press conference starts at around the 22:00 minute mark.

There has never been a more exciting time to be involved in genetic medicine and ACMG certainly will continue to play an important role in translating genetic discoveries into better patient care.


 

 

ACMG Releases Member Survey Results on Secondary Findings and Reinforces Earlier Recommendations in New Policy Statement on Secondary Findings  


The American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics (ACMG) has released two documents "online ahead of print" in its peer-reviewed academic journal, Genetics in Medicine:   

1. "American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics (ACMG) Policy Statement: Updated Recommendations Regarding Analysis and Reporting of Secondary Findings in Clinical Genome-Scale Sequencing"
 
2. "Reporting Genomic Secondary Findings: ACMG Members Weigh In". 


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ACMG Says Genomic Data Sharing is Critical to Improving Genetic Health Care


ACMG tackles the question of how to make sense of the massive amount of genetic info being generated for better patient care in a new statement, “Laboratory and Clinical Genomics Data Sharing is Crucial to Improving Genetic Health Care.” Genomic Data Sharing is critical to improving healthcare says ACMG’s new position statement. “In order to ensure that our patients receive the most informed care as possible, ACMG advocates for extensive sharing of laboratory and clinical data derived from individuals who have undergone genomic testing. Information that informs healthcare service delivery should neither be treated as intellectual property nor as a trade secret when other patients may benefit from the knowledge being widely available.” Read the full statement on the importance of Genomic Data Sharing here.

Giving Back By Giving Bicycles 2016 ACMG Foundation Day of Caring


At the 2016 ACMG Annual Clinical Genetics Meeting, the ACMG Foundation for Genetic and Genomic Medicine (www.acmgfoundation.org) with the support of PerkinElmer, Shire, ACMG members and other supporters of the ACMG Foundation were able to donate 17 specially-adapted bicycles and helmets to children living with genetic conditions from the Muscular Dystrophy Association and F.R.I.E.N.D.S. Support, Inc. a Down Syndrome support organization in Tampa, FL. To learn more about the amazing and heartwarming ACMG Foundation Day of Caring, visit News Releases

 

 


 

New ACMG Video Encourages Med Students to 
Consider a Residency/Combined Residency in Medical Genetics


 

There has never been a more exciting and extraordinary time to consider a residency and career in medical genetics. Genetics and genomics are changing how we practice medicine and will increasingly guide day-to-day healthcare decisions. This fast-paced and engaging new video features current and recent medical genetics residents in interviews, in patient care situations, in group discussions and team meetings in a variety of settings.


From diagnosis to management and from rare diseases to the most common conditions, medical genetics is moving the practice of medicine forward. The future of medicine lies in a better understanding of the human genome and how to apply it to every aspect of medical practice - this new video from the American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics (ACMG) lets medical students know the variety of ways that they can play a role in this fascinating effort.


To view this video in full-screen mode, click on the 
"full screen" icon on the video frame or go to the 
ACMG Channel on You Tube for this and more 
insightful and informative videos.




 

 






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Genomic Data Sharing is Critical to Improving Genetic Health Care


Media Alert: Complimentary Press Registration is Now Open to Health, Science, and Genetics Media   


ACMG Releases New Recommendations for Reporting of Secondary Findings in Clinical Exome and Genome Sequencing: Four Genes Added and One Removed in ACMG SF v2.0   


Nominations Sought for the ACMG Foundation’s David L. Rimoin Lifetime Achievement Award in Medical Genetics: Deadline is Oct. 19th   


PKU Practice Guidelines Now Available in Six Foreign Languages from the American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics   


ACMG Releases Updated Position Statement on Noninvasive Prenatal Screening (NIPS) for Detection of Fetal Aneuploidy: Addresses Questions About Expanded Role of NIPS in Prenatal Practice   


Applications are Now Available for ACMG Foundation/Shire Laboratory Geneticist Fellowship Awards and Clinical Genetics Residency Program  


2015 ACMG Annual Clinical Genetics Meeting Named One of the Fastest Growing Meetings in USA for Fourth Time  


ACMG Efforts Lead to AMA’s Support of Health Coverage for Medical Food Products: RESOLUTION 122 - HEALTH COVERAGE FOR NUTRITIONAL PRODUCTS FOR INBORN ERRORS OF METABOLISM  
 
ACMG's Genetics in Medicine Journal Receives Record High Impact Factor of 7.710 for 2015: GIM Now in Top 3% of All Indexed Journals  
 
ACMG Foundation Receives Funding from Pfizer for Clinical Genetics Training Residencies/Fellowships  
 
Mohammed Almannai, MD and Juanita Neira, MD of Baylor College of Medicine Receive the 2016-2017 Sanofi Genzyme/ACMG Foundation for Genetic and Genomic Medicine Medical Genetics Training Award in Clinical Biochemical Genetics  
 
The ACMG Foundation for Genetic and Genomic Medicine Announces the Recipient of the ACMG Foundation/David L. Rimoin Inspiring Excellence Award at the 2016 ACMG Annual Clinical Genetics Meeting in Tampa, Florida  
 
Hua Wang, MD, PhD of University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center and Farrah Rajabi, MD of Boston Children’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School are Presented with the Pfizer/ACMG Foundation Clinical Genetics Combined Residency for Translational Genomic Scholars Fellowship Award  
 
2016 ACMG Foundation / PerkinElmer Diagnostics Travel Award Winner Announced  
 
The ACMG Foundation for Genetic and Genomic Medicine Announces the Recipient of the ACMG Foundation Carolyn Mills Lovell Award at the 2016 ACMG Annual Clinical Genetics Meeting in Tampa, Florida  
 
Katherine M. Dempsey MS CGC, Receives the 2016 Richard King Trainee Award for Best Publication in Genetics in Medicine: First Genetic Counseling Student to Win King Award  
 
Prasit Phowthongkum, MD of University of Washington Receives the Horizon Pharma /ACMG Foundation Award  
 
ACMG Foundation Receives Major Gift from Shire to Support Training of Next Generation of Medical Geneticists: $1.65 Million Grant will Fund 10 Training Fellowships  
 
Medical Students Will Increase Their Knowledge of Medical Genetics at Twenty-two Institutions in the 2016 ACMG Foundation Summer Genetic Scholars Program  
 
Leading National Genetics Foundation to Present Adapted Bikes to Tampa Area Children with Genetic Conditions  
 
Expansion of Genomic Tests Prompts Revised ACMG Statement on Direct-to-Consumer Genetic Testing  
 
ACMG Makes Strong Recommendations on Regulatory Framework for Laboratory-Developed Tests (LDTs)  
 
Media Alert: Complimentary Press Registration is Now Open for the ACMG 2016 Annual Clinical Genetics Meeting  
 
ACMG Foundation for Genetic and Genomic Medicine Announces Four New Directors: Arthur L Beaudet, MD; Laurel Estabrooks, PhD; Laura Furmanski, PhD; and Anthony Gregg, MD  
 
ACMG Releases New Scope of Practice Document For the Specialty of Medical Genetics  
 
ACMG's Genetics in Medicine Journal Receives Record High Impact Factor of 7.329 for 2014: GIM Now in Top 4% of Indexed Journals  
 
ACMG Provides Recommendations on Genetic Testing Through the Choosing Wisely® Campaign  
 
ACMG Receives Funding to Continue as the National Coordinating Center for the HRSA Regional Genetic Service Collaboratives and to Develop a Framework for Regional Genetic Care Centers  
 
American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics (ACMG) Announces New Online "Genetics Academy" for Genetic and Genomic Education  
 
ACMG Says ClinGen Will be Critical Resource for Interpretation of Genome-Scale Testing to Improve Patient Care 
 
Wayne State University/Detroit Medical Center Clinical Geneticist and Laboratory Director Dr. Jerry Feldman Elected President of the American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics 
 
American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics Announces New Board Members: Dr. Louanne Hudgins is ACMG President-Elect 
 
The ACMG Foundation for Genetic and Genomic Medicine Announces the First Recipient of the ACMG Foundation/David L. Rimoin Inspiring Excellence Award at the 2015 ACMG Annual Clinical Genetics Meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah 
 
The ACMG Foundation for Genetic and Genomic Medicine Announces the First Recipient of the ACMG Foundation Carolyn Mills Lovell Award at the 2015 ACMG Annual Clinical Genetics Meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah 
 
2015 ACMG Foundation / PerkinElmer Diagnostics Travel Award Winner Announced 
 
Patricia L. Hall, PhD, Receives the 2015 Richard King Trainee Award for Best Publication in Genetics in Medicine 
 
Anne O’Donnell Luria, MD, PhD, of Boston Children’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Mari Mori, MD of Duke University, and Laurie Robak MD, PhD of Baylor College of Medicine are Presented with the Pfizer/ACMG Foundation Clinical Genetics Combined Residency for Translational Genomic Scholars Fellowship Award 
 
Amy Kritzer, MD of Boston Children’s Hospital and Ronit Marom, MD, PhD of Baylor College of Medicine Receive the 2015-2016 Genzyme/ACMG Foundation for Genetic and Genomic Medicine Medical Genetics Training Award in Clinical Biochemical Genetics 
 
New ACMG Position Statement Addresses Clinical Utility of Genetic and Genomic Services: Genetic Information Provides Value to Patients, Families and Society 
 
Leading National Genetics Foundation to Present Adapted Bikes to Salt Lake City-area Children at Heartwarming “Day of Caring” Event to be Held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, March 27 at the Salt Palace Convention Center 
 
ACMG Issues New Joint Guidelines for Determining Disease-Causing Potential of DNA Sequence Variations 
 
Expanded Carrier Screening in Reproductive Medicine: New Joint Statement is Released in ACOG's Obstetrics & Gynecology 
 
Complimentary Press Registration is Now Open for the ACMG 2015 Annual Clinical Genetics Meeting 
 

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