2022 AEC PROGRAM

PROGRAM AT-A-GLANCE

All times are in Central Time

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2022
SHORT COURSE
Genetic Counselling in the Era of COVID-19

Conference Start

9:00am - 9:10am

Day 1 Opening Remarks

Session

9:10am - 10:10am

Patient and Family Experiences of Care in the Pandemic - Natasha Phillips

Break

10:10am - 10:30am

Break #1 

Session

10:30am - 11:45am

Genetic Counselling Training and Supervision 2.0: What Every Student, New Grad, Supervisor, and Employer Needs to Know - Susan Armel, Jen Fitzpatrick, Larissa Waldman, Sadia Chowdhury 

Break

11:45am - 12:15pm

Break #2 

Session

12:15pm - 1:15pm

Understanding the Impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Genetic Counselling Research - Kennedy Borle

Networking Break

1:15pm - 1:25pm

Networking Break - Yoga & Mentorship Session

Break

1:25pm - 1:45pm

Break #3

Session

1:45pm - 2:45pm

Optimizing Work/Life Balance & Creating Harmonious Success - Charina Cruz

Break

2:45pm - 3:00pm

Break #4 

Session

3:00pm - 4:00pm

Self-Compassion and the Gifted Self - Ali Cumming

Closing Remarks

4:00pm

Day 1 Closing Remarks

2022 AEC Schedule

PROGRAM AT-A-GLANCE

All times are in Central Time

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2022

Conference Start

October 13

Day 2 Opening Remarks

Session

9:10am - 10:20am

The Other Side of the Webcam: Communication Skills for the Hybrid Economy - Lauren Sergy

Networking Break

10:20am - 10:30am

Networking Break (10 mins)

Break

10:30am - 10:50am

Break #1 (20 mins)

Session

10:50am - 11:50am

Practising What we Preach: Acceptance and Advocacy for Disability within the Genetic Counselling Community - Rachel Mador,
Chelsea Menke, Allayna Frank

Session

11:50am - 12:20pm

Development of a Provincial Genetics Program (PGP) in Ontario - 
Kathleen Bell

Networking Break

12:20pm - 12:30pm

Networking Break (10 mins)

Break

12:30pm - 1:30pm

Break #2 (60 mins)

Session

1:30pm - 2:30pm

ABSTRACTS
ID29: The LGBTGC Student Experience: A Qualitative Study Exploring LGBTQ2S+ Genetic Counselling Students’ Relationships with Peers and Faculty in Graduate School - Valerie Chu 
ID34: Piloting a Pre-Test Genetic Counselling Portal within a Provincial Hereditary Cancer Program - Jennifer Nuk 
ID37: Comparison of Genetic Knowledge and Carrier Status Retention following Carrier Testing using an Interactive Online Module in Two Unique Founder Populations (Ashkenazi Jewish and Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean) - Marie-Jacqueline Thomas
ID24: Investigating the Relationship Between Therapeutic Alliance and Patient Outcomes of Psychiatric Genetic Counselling in Adolescents - Ann-Marie Peturson

Session

2:30pm - 3:00pm

POSTER SESSION #1

Group A:
P3 - Experiences and Challenges of Genetic Counselors Practicing in Multiple Languages: Progress and Places for Improvement - Bailey Mitchell
P16 - Genetic Counsellors: A Pan-Canadian Approach to Achieving Legal Recognition - Dimitri Patrinos
P22 - Prenatal Screening Education in Ontario, Canada: Pregnant Individuals’ Satisfaction with Current Resources and Interest in App-Based Tools - Meaghan Leslie
P25 - Exploring the Perspectives of Genetic Counsellors and Patients with Limited English Proficiency in Genetic Counselling Sessions Requiring Interpretation Services - Narin Sheri
P30 - An Exploration of the use of Interpretation Services in Genetic Counseling - Jenna Sherven
Group B:

P7 - Patient Reported Outcomes of Reflex BRCA1/2 Tumour and Subsequent Germline Panel Genetic Testing for High-Grade Serous Ovarian Cancer - Jeanna McCuaig

P11 - Exploring the Attitudes of BC/Yukon Hereditary Cancer Patients to a Supported Direct-Contact Approach for Informing Relatives about Genetic Testing - Melanie O'Loughlin

P17 - Streamlining Universal Testing in Pancreatic Ductal Adenocarcinoma - Angela Bedard

P24 - Sponsored Genetic Testing for Ovarian Cancer in Underrepresented Populations: Are They Receiving Appropriate Genetic Counseling? Are We Missing Opportunities for Prevention? - Guillermo Pacheco-Cuéllar

P31 - Implementing Updated Ontario Hereditary Prostate Cancer Testing Criteria at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre: A 1-Year Interim Analysis - Emily Thain
Group C:

P2 - Patient Experience with PGT-SR/M Pre and Post Results at a Private Fertility Clinic - Rachel Butler

P6 - Patient Satisfaction with Education Surrounding Pre and Post-PGT-A Results - Rachel Butler

P8 - Decisional Factors Implicated in the Reproductive Choice of Couples who are Carriers of Genetic Conditions or Chromosomal Rearrangements - Elizabetta Maratta

P22 - Prenatal Screening Education in Ontario, Canada: Pregnant Individuals’ Satisfaction with Current Resources and Interest in App-Based Tools - Meaghan Leslie
Group D:

P12 - 1 in 5 Patients with Suspected Congenital Hypothyroidism or Resistance to Thyroid Hormone Receive a Molecular Diagnostic Result Using Multi-Gene Panel Testing - Alicia Scocchia

P15 - Exploring the Experiences of Family Caregivers with Low Income Accessing Health Care Services for Children with Inborn Errors of Metabolism - Katherine Chimney

P26 - The Canadian Prairie Metabolic Network “OMICS First” Approach to the Diagnostic Work-Up of Suspected Inborn Errors of Metabolism (IEMs) Relies on Multidisciplinary and Interprovincial Collaborations - Angela Krutish

P35 - Employing Best Practices for a Genomics Education Program - Shawna Morrison

Break

3:00pm - 3:30pm

Break #3 (30 mins)

Session

3:30pm - 4:15pm

Alternative Models of Service Delivery – Lessons Learned from the AMSD Community of Practice - Shelin Adam, Salma Shickh, Jeanna McCuaig and Jennifer Nuk

Session

4:15pm - 5:00pm

Genetic Counsellors as Drivers of a Large-Scale Genome-Wide Sequencing Program - Caitlin Chisholm, Meredith Gillespie,
Whiwon Lee, Anna Szuto

Closing Remarks

5:00pm

Day 2 Closing Remarks

Virtual Soirée

2022 AEC Schedule

PROGRAM AT-A-GLANCE
All times are in Central Time

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2022

Conference Start

9:00am - 9:10am

Day 3 Opening Remarks

Session

9:10am - 9:40am

CAGC Presidential Address - Emily Fox

Session

9:40am - 9:50am

CAGC Awards

Session

9:50am - 10:20am

CAGC Research Grant Recipient: The Impact of Diagnosing G6PD Deficiency Following Newborn Screening - Stephanie Hoang

Break

10:20am - 11:25am

Break #1 

Session

11:25am - 12:40pm

ABSTRACTS

Clinical Prenatal Exome Sequencing: Perspectives of Canadian Genetic Counsellors who Provide Pretest Counselling - Nicole Martin-Kenny
 

A Qualitative Study Exploring the Consumer Experience of Receiving Self-Initiated Polygenic Risk Scores from a Third-Party Website - Kiara Lowes
 

Pharmacogenomic Testing for Major Depression: A Qualitative Study of the Perceptions of People with Lived Experience and Professional Stakeholders - Caitlin Slomp 
 

Periodic Automated Reanalysis and Reevaluation of Exome Data to Improve its Clinical Utility - Rachel Mador-House

 

'ThinkRare’: Exploring the Use of Artificial Intelligence to Identify Patients with Undiagnosed Rare Genetic Diseases - Grace Uwaila Ediae

Session

12:40pm - 1:10pm

POSTER SESSION #2
Group A:

P18 - Interests and Experiences of Young Adults with Muscular Dystrophy in Receiving Genetic Information - Leah Hammond
P19 - Adolescents' Implicit and Explicit Attitudes Towards Their Peers with Genetic Conditions - Tasha Wainstein 

P23 - “Waiting was the Hardest Part”: Experiences and Needs of Patients and Families Along the Mitochondrial Disease Diagnostic Journey - Maria Vas
Group B:

P9 - Disruption of RB1 Exon 5 Donor Splice Site Leading to Reduced Penetrance Parent-of-Origin Effect in Two Unrelated Families - Jamie Jessen 

P10 - Retinoblastoma Tumor DNA Testing Can Decrease Residual Germline Risk in Unilateral Patients - Jamie Jessen

P14 - Genetic Findings in a Large Cohort of Retinal Dystrophy Patients: Implications for Gene-Specific Treatments and Clinical Trials - Julie Hathaway

P21 - Small CNVs, Noncoding, and Mitochondrial Variants are Molecularly Diagnostic for 4.7% of Pediatric Patients with Inherited Retinal Disease - Alicia Scocchia  

P27 - Pathogenic PMS2 Variant in Child with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (ALL) with Monosomy 7 - Layla Mackay
Group C:

P29 - New Insight into Frequent Autosomal Recessive Conditions in the Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean /Charlevoix/Haute-Côte-Nord Founder Population -  Annabelle Pratte 

P32 - Is Canada Ready for the Integration of Expanded Carrier Screening? - Dorothy Michalski                

P34 - Attitudes, Decision-Making Processes, and Preferences Regarding Preconception Carrier Screening Among Hutterites in Manitoba - Cassandra MacDonald  

Group D:

P1 - Moral Discomfort with the 5T Variant: CFTR Reporting Practices - Margaret Lilley 

P4 - Low Lipid Screening and Genetic Testing Rates for Familial Hypercholesterolemia Highlights the Need for a Novel Approach to Diagnosis - Susan Christian

P5 - Importance of Genetic Testing in Unexplained Cardiac Arrest - Steffany Grondin  

P13 - The Relationship Between Genetic Counselling Trainee Perfectionism and Self-Efficacy - Julia Sobotka

Break

1:10pm - 1:40pm

Break #2 

Session

1:40pm - 3:10pm

Adding Genetic Assistants to the Mix: Current Evidence and Experiences Across Canadian Centres and Genetic Counselling Sub-Specialties - Angela Krutish, Jessica Hartley, Shannon Chin, Leanne Mercer, Margaret Lilley, Taila Hartley, Meredith Gillespie

Networking Break

3:10pm - 3:20pm

Networking Break - Yoga & Mentorship Session

Break

3:20 - 3:40pm

Break #3 

Session

3:40pm - 4:10pm

To Err is Human (Even for GCs!): Let's talk about Risk for Harm in GC Practice - Andrea Shugar

Session

4:10 - 4:30pm

Implementing Regulation for Genetic Counsellors in Australia and New Zealand - Amy Pearn

Session

4:30pm - 5:00pm

Current Efforts Towards Regulation of Genetic Counsellors in Canada - Margaret Lilley, Jessica Hartley, Hana Sroka

Closing Remarks

5:00pm

Day 3 Closing Remarks

2022 AEC Schedule

PROGRAM AT-A-GLANCE

All times are in Central Time

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2022

Conference Start

9:10am - 9:10am

Day 2 Opening Remarks

Session

9:10am - 10:20am

The Other Side of the Webcam: Communication Skills for the Hybrid Economy - Lauren Sergy

Networking Break

10:20am - 10:30am

Networking Break- Mentorship Session

Break

10:30am - 10:50am

Break #1 

Session

10:50am - 11:50am

Practising What we Preach: Acceptance and Advocacy for Disability within the Genetic Counselling Community - Rachel Mador-House,
Chelsea Menke, Allayna Frank

Session

11:50am - 12:20pm

Development of a Provincial Genetics Program (PGP) in Ontario - 
Kathleen Bell

Networking Break

12:20pm - 12:30pm

Networking Break - Trivia

Break

12:30pm - 1:30pm

Break #2 

Session

1:30pm - 2:30pm

ABSTRACTS
The LGBTGC Student Experience: A Qualitative Study Exploring LGBTQ2S+ Genetic Counselling Students’ Relationships with Peers and Faculty in Graduate School - Valerie Chu 

 

Piloting a Pre-Test Genetic Counselling Portal within a Provincial Hereditary Cancer Program - Jennifer Nuk 
 

Comparison of Genetic Knowledge and Carrier Status Retention following Carrier Testing using an Interactive Online Module in Two Unique Founder Populations (Ashkenazi Jewish and Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean) - Marie-Jacqueline Thomas
 

Investigating the Relationship Between Therapeutic Alliance and Patient Outcomes of Psychiatric Genetic Counselling in Adolescents - Ann-Marie Peturson

Session

2:30pm - 3:00pm

POSTER SESSION #1

Group A:
P3 - Experiences and Challenges of Genetic Counselors Practicing in Multiple Languages: Progress and Places for Improvement - Bailey Mitchell
P16 - Genetic Counsellors: A Pan-Canadian Approach to Achieving Legal Recognition - Dimitri Patrinos
P25 - Exploring the Perspectives of Genetic Counsellors and Patients with Limited English Proficiency in Genetic Counselling Sessions Requiring Interpretation Services - Narin Sheri
P30 - An Exploration of the use of Interpretation Services in Genetic Counseling - Jenna Sherven
Group B:

P7 - Patient Reported Outcomes of Reflex BRCA1/2 Tumour and Subsequent Germline Panel Genetic Testing for High-Grade Serous Ovarian Cancer - Jeanna McCuaig

P11 - Exploring the Attitudes of BC/Yukon Hereditary Cancer Patients to a Supported Direct-Contact Approach for Informing Relatives about Genetic Testing - Melanie O'Loughlin

P17 - Streamlining Universal Testing in Pancreatic Ductal Adenocarcinoma - Angela Bedard

P24 - Sponsored Genetic Testing for Ovarian Cancer in Underrepresented Populations: Are They Receiving Appropriate Genetic Counseling? Are We Missing Opportunities for Prevention? - Guillermo Pacheco-Cuéllar

P31 - Implementing Updated Ontario Hereditary Prostate Cancer Testing Criteria at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre: A 1-Year Interim Analysis - Emily Thain
Group C:

P2 - Patient Experience with PGT-SR/M Pre and Post Results at a Private Fertility Clinic - Rachel Butler

P6 - Patient Satisfaction with Education Surrounding Pre and Post-PGT-A Results - Rachel Butler

P8 - Decisional Factors Implicated in the Reproductive Choice of Couples who are Carriers of Genetic Conditions or Chromosomal Rearrangements - Elizabetta Maratta

P22 - Prenatal Screening Education in Ontario, Canada: Pregnant Individuals’ Satisfaction with Current Resources and Interest in App-Based Tools - Meaghan Leslie
Group D:

P12 - 1 in 5 Patients with Suspected Congenital Hypothyroidism or Resistance to Thyroid Hormone Receive a Molecular Diagnostic Result Using Multi-Gene Panel Testing - Alicia Scocchia

P15 - Exploring the Experiences of Family Caregivers with Low Income Accessing Health Care Services for Children with Inborn Errors of Metabolism - Katherine Chimney

P26 - The Canadian Prairie Metabolic Network “OMICS First” Approach to the Diagnostic Work-Up of Suspected Inborn Errors of Metabolism (IEMs) Relies on Multidisciplinary and Interprovincial Collaborations - Angela Krutish

P35 - Employing Best Practices for a Genomics Education Program - Shawna Morrison

Break

3:00pm - 3:30pm

Break #3 

Session

3:30pm - 4:15pm

Alternative Models of Service Delivery – Lessons Learned from the AMSD Community of Practice - Shelin Adam, Salma Shickh, Jeanna McCuaig and Jennifer Nuk

Session

4:15pm - 5:00pm

Genetic Counsellors as Drivers of a Large-Scale Genome-Wide Sequencing Program - Caitlin Chisholm, Meredith Gillespie,
Whiwon Lee, Anna Szuto

Closing Remarks

5:00pm

Day 2 Closing Remarks

Virtual Soirée

6:00pm - 7:00pm

Social with trivia and virtual cocktails!

2022 AEC Schedule

PROGRAM AT-A-GLANCE
All times are in Central Time

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2022

Conference Start

9:00am - 9:10am

Day 4 Opening Remarks

Session

9:10am - 10:10am

Connecting Patients to Gene Therapies and Clinical Trials: Lessons from the Cardiac Genetics Clinic - Laura Zahavich, Gregor Andelfinger, Nowell Fine, Laura Robb, Tara Dzwiniel

Networking Break

10:10am - 10:20am

Networking Break - Trivia

Break

10:20am - 10:35am

Break #1 

Session

10:35am - 10:55am

GenCOUNSEL - Workforce Planning for Clinical Genetic Services in Canada: Challenges and Opportunities - Kennedy Borle

Session

10:55am - 11:15am

GenCOUNSEL - Genetic Counsellors’ Research Dissemination Practices and Attitudes - Emma Blanche

Break

11:15am - 11:30am

Break #2 

Session

11:30am - 12:50pm

From Pathogenesis to Targeted Treatments: A Paradigm Shift in Understanding Fragile X and Family Experiences Navigating this Inherited Condition - Susan Howell, Francois Bolduc, Lawrence and Tess Spero, Karen Kelm

Closing Remarks

12:50pm

Final Closing Remarks