2022 Wisconsin Genetics Exchange - In-Person and Virtual

Madison, WI US
September 30, 2022

In-Person and Virtual Live Conference 

Program Description

The Wisconsin Genetics Exchange is an annual statewide educational conference primarily intended for genetics and allied healthcare professionals. The purpose of the Wisconsin Genetics Exchange is to provide participants with an opportunity for statewide collaboration and continued professional development. Sharing of knowledge and practices is an important way of increasing the competency of practitioners in Wisconsin.

This year's theme is "State of the State in Wisconsin Medical Genetics” and will include presentations on a statewide needs assessment and the WI Newborn Screening Program funding and service struggles.

NSGC Category 1 CEU credit application is pending. Additional healthcare credit types are not being offered this year. UW CEU credit is available. Genetic counselors must complete the evaluation to receive NSGC Category 1 CEU credit.

Target Audience

This activity is intended for physicians, fellows/residents, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses, genetic counselors, geneticists, lab technicians, and other allied health care professionals.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this conference, the healthcare team will be able to:

  • Apply new knowledge and tools to their professional practice.
  • Describe activities to increase access to genetic services and testing.
  • Discuss emerging technology and therapies targeted to treat individuals with genetic conditions.

Financial Support

Funding for this conference is provided by the Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Title V Services Block Grant, Maternal & Child Health Bureau, Health Resources and Service Administration, and US Department of Health and Human Services. MCH programs support advances important to serving children with disabilities.

Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 0.00 University of Wisconsin–Madison Continuing Education Hours
Registration opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
09/30/2022 - 9:30am CDT
Event ends: 
09/30/2022 - 11:45am CDT

All times Central

Agenda XXXXX

8:30 AM

Conference Opens

8:50 AM

Welcome & Opening Remarks
Jennifer Geurts, MS, CGC

Improving Equity & Access

9:00 AM

Keynote Address: Investigating Diversity Measures in Genomics Research and Medicine
Alice B. Popejoy, PhD


10:40 AM

Advocacy for Increasing Access to Genetic Testing and Telemedicine for MA Recipients
Jessica Scott Schwoerer, MD & April Hall, PhD, MS, CGC

11:10 AM

Provider Training Initiatives to Increase Access to Genetics in Wisconsin
Jennifer Geurts, MS, CGC; Stephanie Offord, MSN, FNP-BC, AGN-BC; Sara Zoran, MS, CGC

11:50 AM

Molecular Autopsy for Sudden Unexplained Death in the Young
Vanessa Horner, PhD


12:00 PM


Genomic Discovery and Therapy

1:00 PM

Genetic Diagnosis and Gene Discovery in Pediatric Ocular Disorders
Linda Reis, MS, CGC

2:00 PM


2:10 PM

Genomic Therapies Primer
Michael Muriello, MD

2:20 PM

Gene Therapy for Farber Disease Retinopathy
Daniel Lipinski, MSc, DPhil

2:40 PM

Gene Therapy in Hemophilia
Lynn Malec, MD


3:00 PM

Genetics and Justice: A Framework for Improving Health Disparities
Ryan Spellecy, PhD

3:30 PM

Small Group Breakout Sessions for Facilitated Discussion

4:00 PM

Closing Remarks and Adjourn
ennifer Geurts, MS, CGC

Waisman Center
1500 Highland Ave
Friends of the Waisman Center Auditorium
Madison, WI 53705
United States



Lot 76, 2501 University Bay Dr, Madison, WI 53705, is the closest public parking ramp and is about a 10-minute walk from the Waisman Center. A live count of visitor parking in campus gated lots is displayed on the visitor parking availability page. The cost of parking is:

  • $0.80 per 30 min - first 3 hours
  • $0.80 per hour thereafter
  • $12 daily maximum


Access to the conference webinar will be sent to you prior to the conference, and will also be available through the conference course page.

Planning Committee

Anne Harris, PhD, MPH, RD
Sara Zoran, MS, CGC
Mei Baker, MD, FACMG
Mary Marcus, MS, RDN, CSP, CD
April Hall, PhD, MS, CGC
Jessica Scott Schwoerer, MD



April Hall, PhD, MS, CGC

Assistant Professor
Department of Pediatrics, Genetics & Metabolism
University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
Madison, WI

Vanessa Horner, PhD, FACM

Assistant Professor (CHS)
Director, UW Cytogenetics and Molecular Genetics Services, WSLH
University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
Madison, WI

Daniel Lipinski, MSc, DPhil

Associate Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, Cell Biology, Neurobiology and Anatomy
Medial College of Wisconsin Eye Institute
Milwaukee, WI

Lynn M. Malec, MD, MSc

Assistant Professor
Department of Hematology
Froedtert & Medical College of Wisconsin
Milwaukee, WI

Stephanie Offord, APNP

Advanced Genetics Nursing
Family Nurse Practitioner
Medical College of Wisconsin
Milwaukee, WI

Alice Popejoy, PhD

Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Biomedical Data Sciences
Stanford Medicine
Stanford, CA

Linda Reis, MS, CGC

Genetic Counselor
Genetics & Metabolism
Medical College of Wisconsin
Milwaukee, WI

Jessica Scott Schwoerer, MD

Associate Professor (CHS), Department of Pediatrics, Genetics & Metabolism
University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
Clinical Biochemical Geneticist
University of Wisconsin-Madison Waisman Center
Madison, WI

Ryan Spellecy, PhD

Ursula von der Ruhr Chair in Bioethics
Professor of Bioethics and Medical Humanities, and Psychiatry and Behavioral Health
Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities
Medical College of Wisconsin
Milwaukee, WI

Sara Zoran, MS, CGC

Clinical Genetic Counselor
University of Wisconsin
Waisman Center Medical Genetics Clinic
Genetics Systems Integration Hub
Madison, WI

Discloser List CME Internal Report



In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by the University of Wisconsin–Madison Interprofessional Continuing Education Partnership (ICEP) and the Medical College of Wisconsin. The University of Wisconsin–Madison ICEP is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.


Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

The University of Wisconsin–Madison, as a member of the University Professional & Continuing Education Association (UPCEA), authorizes this program for .15 continuing education units (CEUs) or 1.5 hours.

National Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC) Category 1 CEU Credit

Credit is pending approval

Available Credit

  • 0.00 University of Wisconsin–Madison Continuing Education Hours


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Price includes processing fee.

Registration Deadline: September 16, 2022

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Cancellation and Refund Policy

Requests for cancellation must be submitted in writing to help@icep.wisc.edu. There are no refunds.

Questions about Registration

Email help@icep.wisc.edu

Program Changes

Emergency situations occasionally occur and may necessitate topic or speaker changes, or cancellation. The University of Wisconsin–Madison ICEP reserves the right to alter or substitute a topic or speaker without prior notification. Should the event be cancelled, participants will be refunded in full.


The University of Wisconsin provides equal opportunities in employment and programming, including Title IX requirements. The University of Wisconsin fully complies with the legal requirements of the ADA and the rules and regulations thereof. If any participant in this educational activity is in need of accommodations, please notify Sara Zoran at zoran@wisc.edu.

For Further Information

Requests for further information should be directed to Sara Zoran at zoran@wisc.edu or 608-262-0182.