Thursday, February 20, 2020

11:00 AM to 1:30 PM CST

Add to Calendar 


Petroleum Club of Lafayette - Walnut Room
111 Heymann Boulevard
Lafayette, LA 70503

Driving Directions 


Ruth O'Keefe 

This nursing continuing professional development activity was approved by Louisiana State Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’sCommission on Accreditation.

The A-B-Cs of GENETICS: A Genetics Primer for Heathcare Advocates in Medically Underserved Parishes of Louisiana

Enjoy a delicious complimentary lunch at The Petroleum Club paired with an informative and interactive discussion.

Learn the basics of genetics in order to recognize patients at increased risk for a genetic condition. This includes working together to understand how to identify at-risk patients, order diagnostic testing, prepare and monitor disease progression, empower patient decision-making, identify at-risk family members, and begin targeted therapy as soon as possible, when appropriate. 


11:00 AM - Event Check-In and Pre-Survey

Please complete the Pre-Survey prior to the event by clicking here.

11:15 AM - Lunch Served and Welcome Message

11:30 AM - The A-B-C's of Genetics by Dawn Jacob Laney, MS, CGC

As a healthcare provider you have a very unique opportunity with each patient. Sometimes clues in patient medical history suggest an underlying genetic cause for health issues. In this presentation learn the basic of genetics, inheritance, creating a family history, and interpreting a family history.

12:15 PM - Local Patient Practice and Discussion

Putting that new knowledge to work, we will learn from a local patient advocate and chat about ways you can help drastically improve the care of patients and members of their families. Special discussion will include ways to engage with areas where access to care can directly effect long-term outcomes.

1:00 -  Closing Comments and Post-Test

1:30 PM - Event Close


DAWN LANEY, MS, CGC is a genetic counselor, assistant professor, clinical researcher, and director of the genetic clinical trials center in the Department of Human Genetics at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. She is a co-founder of ThinkGenetic, Inc., who strives to empower patients seeking possible genetic causes for their medical issues or looking for real-life answers to their questions about the impact of living with a genetic disease. Dawn has written many books for children and teens living with genetic conditions in addition to her dedication to direct patient care.

ROBIN RICHARDSON lives in Baton Rouge, and is the mother of three sons. She and one son are living with Fabry disease. Presently, she is on a patient advisory board, and promotes awareness through the Governor’s Proclamation for Fabry Disease.


ThinkGenetic Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)3 charity whose mission is to improve the quality of life for those living with or at risk for a genetic condition through education, quality information, access to genetic counseling and genetic testing, and partnerships with the advocacy community. Learn more at thinkgenetic.org.

This event is sponsored, in part, by and educational grant from Sanofi Genzyme.


This nursing continuing professional development activity was approved by Louisiana StateNurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. In order to receive contact hours for this activity, you must attend this entire event and successfully complete a post-test with a passing score of 70%.