Nursing in the Genomic Era Conference

The Nursing in the Genomic Era Conference was held at the School of Nursing on Friday April 8. During the conference students taking the Family-Centered Genomic Health Care class displayed poster presentations on various genetic conditions.

See a sample of the creative posters from the student in the slide show here.

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March 21st is World Down Syndrome Day

March 21st is World Down Syndrome Day. If you are interested in learning about Worldwide activities designed to celebrate this day, check out: .

On March 21st, you are encouraged to watch a video Down Syndrome International has developed called “Will You Let Us In.” The hope is that if people all over the world watch this video it will help create a single global voice advocating for the rights, inclusion and well-being of people with Down syndrome.

SON Associate Professor Dr. Marcia Van Riper has been doing research with families of children with Down syndrome for over 30 years. Currently, she is working on a study about adaptation and resilience that eventually will include families from at least 6-10 countries. So far, over 250 parents from the US have participated, and data collection with families in other countries is just getting started. Next week, she will be giving a presentation at a conference in Thailand  and  after the conference she will meet with a professor in Thailand who has expressed interest in helping her collect data from parents of children with Down syndrome in Thailand. 

Marcia Van Riper to be First President of International Family Nursing Association

Associate Professor and Division Chair Marcia Van Riper has been elected as the first president of the newly-formed International Family Nursing Association (IFNA).

“It is testimony to the esteem that Dr. Van Riper holds amongst

Associate Professor and Division Chair Marcia Van Riper has been elected as the inaugural president of the International Family Nursing Association.

her peers that they elected her to serve as the association’s inaugural leader,” said Dean and Alumni Distinguished Professor Kristen M. Swanson.

The IFNA brings together scientists, theorists and practitioners with an interest in advancing the care of families. The organization has outlined several additional goals: facilitating networking among family nurse researchers, educators and practitioners, providing mechanisms for disseminating family nursing research, education and practice information, fostering the utilization of nursing research findings, preparing students to be family nurse researchers, practitioners and educators, and being a professional source of evidence and advocacy for health policy and legislation.

Health Care in the Genomic Era: A More Personalized Approach to Health Care

Friday, April 3, 2009, Carrington Hall Room 9

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Nursing

1:00-1:15: Welcome/Introductions

Marcia Van Riper, PhD, RN

Chair, Family Health Division School of Nursing

Carolina Center for Genome Sciences, UNC-CH

1:15-1:45: Poster Session and Refreshments (light lunch)

UNC SON Students will be presenting Genetics and Family Posters they have developed for N382 (Family Centered Genomic Health Care). The posters will be on display on the ground floor of Carrington Hall and in the lobby of the new addition.

1:45-2:15: Personalized HealthCare: The Coming Storm

James P. Evans MD, Ph.D,

Bryson Professor of Genetics and Medicine, UNC-CH

2:15-2:45: Pharmacogenomics: This is the Drug for You!

Howard L. McLeod, Pharm D

Fred N. Eshelman Distinguished Professor- Director, UNC Institute for Pharmacogenomics and Individualized Therapy, UNC-CH

2:45-3:15: Break with Refreshments

3:15-3:30: Clinician Knowledge and Attitudes about Pharmacogenetic Testing: Preliminary Findings

Marcia Van Riper, PhD, RN

3:30-4:00 Panel: Integration of Recent Advances in Genomics into the Clinical Setting

Wylie Burke, PhD, MD, University of Washington

UNC SON Student – Mary Kakefuda

Jim Evans and Howard McLeod

This program was made possible, in part, through the

Barbara A. Senich Genomics Innovation Fund in the School of Nursing



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