Can-GARD/CCMG – The Leading Strand Series February 2022

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This series is for genetics health professionals led by the Canadian College of Medical Genetics and co-sponsored by Can-GARD. Speakers will be translation-focused researchers, clinicians and innovators.  The series will help attendees anticipate, access, and apply new approaches and technologies for patient care.

Reconsidering Reproductive Carrier Screening

A review of the tennets of reproductive carrier screening and points to provoke thought into what can be done better. A presentation of an update on advances of reproductive carrier screening.

Learning Objectives

Consider the rationale for carrier screening and different approaches
– Compare the current practice in Canada vs elsewhere
– Describe what has changed the landscape
– Critique the pros and cons of panethnic and expanded carrier testing
– Discuss where to go from her

Speakers bios

Dr. Joanna Lazier – Joanna Lazier is a Medical Geneticist at CHEO in Ottawa. She has a longstanding interest in prenatal and perinatal Genetics, and founded the Prenatal Genetics Clinic in Edmonton. Upon moving to Ottawa in 2018, she has become actively involved in prenatal and perinatal Genetics within the province of Ontario, and is the chair of Prenatal Screening Ontario’s Genetics Working Group, and the primary author of the CCMG position statement for the clinical application of fetal genome-wide sequencing during pregnancy. She is the chair of the CCMG Clinical Practice committee and co-chair of the CCMG Working Group on Reproductive Genetic Screening.

Dr. Ritu AulDr. Aul is a Medical Geneticist who has been practicing in the GTA for more than 12 years. She completed her Medical Genetics residency at the University of British Columbia after medical school at Queen’s University. Dr. Aul has a special interest in prenatal screening and prenatal diagnosis. She currently sits on the CCMG Clinical Practice committee and co-chairs a working group with Dr. Lazier on updating current national guidelines for Reproductive Carrier Screening.


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