HSC Symposium – From the Lab to Your Home
On October 26, over 200 participants across the country joined together for HSC’s latest National Symposium. This year’s event focused on two equally important topics: Predictive Testing & Genetic Counselling and The Process From Research Discovery to the HD Population (the process from discovering potential treatments and the steps to have them tested and ready for the HD population).
Meghan Ferguson, a genetic counsellor from the Maritime Medical Genetics Services in Halifax, was one of the guest speakers. Meghan provided an enlightened presentation on what to expect and some of the questions to ask before and during the testing process.
The second portion of the Symposium was dedicated to understanding the research discovery process and what it takes to get treatments to the HD population. HSC’s CEO, Bev Heim-Myers, was joined by Dr. Oksana Suchowersky and Dr. Simonetta Sipione as they explored the different phases of the discovery process, the phases of clinical trials and what exactly has to happen in order for a treatment to be approved in Canada.
Overall the National Symposium was a success that attracted many new families and earned high scores from participants. Over 200 Canadians tuned in to this year’s event which included an option to participate from the comfort of home. Chapters used the event as an opportunity to get together, and ten sites across the country complemented this year’s event with their own programming.
To view the videos from Symposium, see below.