Personal Genetics Education Project

See you at American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) October 15-19, 2019!

pgEd’s Marnie and Nadine are presenting a breakfast workshop at ASHG on Wednesday, October 16th at 7:15am. Check out our abstract below, and meeting details are here:
We are looking forward to a lively conversation!


Over the past 2+ years, deep-rooted racial and cultural tensions have risen to the surface across the United States and around the world. With the advent of consumer genetic testing, using a genetic lens to look at questions of identity is becoming a reality. And recent leaps in reproductive technology and genome editing are also bringing eugenics back to mainstream attention. Thus, there is an urgency for engaging all people in a dialogue about the benefits and implications of genetics, a task much bigger than any one organization or institution. During this interactive workshop, members of the Personal Genetics Education Project ( of Harvard Medical School will present curriculum materials and discussion strategies for opening such conversations, and share our experiences working with a diversity of stakeholders. We will be joined by some of our collaborators from other institutions to discuss ongoing partnerships that are bringing this dialogue to communities around the United States. The goal is to provide attendees with a toolkit for starting a dialogue that is genuinely inclusive and respectful of all individuals and to discuss strategies for scaling efforts in the U.S. and around the world, including a Consortium that pgEd has launched.

Intended Audience: The workshop is expected to have broad appeal to all attendees, of any career stage.