Genomic Medicine Gets Personal - Georgetown UniversityedX
What you'll learn on the course
While the advances in genomics promise to usher a new era in medical practice and create a major paradigm shift in patient care, the ethical, legal and social impact of genomic medicine will be equally significant. The information and potential use of genomic discoveries are no longer issues left for scientists and medical professionals to handle, but have become ones for the public at large. Rarely a day passes without a genomics-related story reported in the media. By the end of this course, students will be able to better understand the field of genomics; be familiar with various online databases and resources; and understand and appreciate the medical, social, ethical, and legal issues associated with the availability of personal genomic information. Given the diversity of the topics and the specific expertise required to cover each, this is a unique cross-disciplinary course where faculty from different disciplines including genetics, computational sciences, bioinformatics, genetic counseling, bioethics, law, and business will participate in lecturing. We have assembled a team of experts from various departments at Georgetown University and other institutions, to teach this comprehensive online genomics course. For a detailed description of the weekly topics, see the course outline.
Bassem R. Haddad Bassem R. Haddad, MD, Associate Professor at Georgetown University and Co-Director of the Medical School Molecular and Human Genetics course, will direct this course. Dr. Haddad has an active molecular cytogenetics research laboratory working in the area of translational research and biomarker discovery. His research focuses on understanding the genetic aberrations and instability that occur in genetic diseases, particularly cancer. Dr. Haddad received his MD and Residency training in Obstetrics and Gynecology from the American University of Beirut, and completed his fellowship training in Molecular Cytogenetics at Boston University School of Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine, and the NIH.