June 29, 2016 — Personalized Medicine

Science Pub RVA #35

Can Knowing Your Genetic Code Be A Cure-All?
Two RVA researchers walked into a bar and led a discussion about personalized medicine, ,the variability of impact of genetic markers, the ways in which genetic information could be shared with practitioners and researchers and what is meant by genetic predisposition and risk.

Rita Shiang, PhD
Dr. Shiang is an avid Lindy Hop dancer, a one-time model for a National Archives 1920’s vintage fashion show and a huge fan of professional cycling (as evidenced by her trekking to Europe twice to attend both the Tour de France and Giro d’Italia).  Shiang is an Associate Professor with the VCU School of Medicine and Member Scientist within the School of Dentistry.  Dr. Shiang’s research explores genes and genetic characteristics that cause craniofacial abnormalities and other developmental disorders in humans.  Shiang has trained or advised more than 100 people in her lab and has already been officially recognized for excellence in teaching three times.  She has served on the editorial board of the Biotechnology Software and Internet Report and has acted as a peer reviewer with 16 journals.  Dr. Shiang obtained her B.S. at the University of California in Los Angeles and her Ph.D. at the University of Iowa. 

John Martin Quillin, PhD
A former gymnast who can still hold a handstand longer than his kids can hold their breath, Dr. Quillin is a clinician researcher, genetic counselor and Assistant Professor. His research areas have included cancer prevention and screening behaviors, spirituality, disparities in cancer care, familial cancer risk, and risk perceptions. His most recent study examined clinic-based family cancer communication. Quillin serves on the editorial boards of two scientific journals and has been a peer-reviewer for 23 different journals. Quillin obtained his B.A. at the University of Virginia, and his Masters and Doctorate degrees at Virginia Commonwealth University.