Hosted by renowned educator and genetic counselor, Laura Hercher, The Beagle Has Landed is the first independent podcast for the rapidly growing and dynamic community of genetic counselors. The show features interviews with leaders in the field of clinical genetics, exploring our complicated past and rapidly changing present. We look at the new roles genetic counselors are playing in industry as well as clinical settings, bringing in the voices of other stakeholders, including basic scientists and families affected by genetic disease.
Sex, Gender, and NIPT with Hannah Llorin and Kim ZayhowskiHannah Llorin is a reproductive genetic counselor at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, and Kim Zayhowski is a cancer genetic counselor at Boston Medical Center and a faculty member at the Boston University Genetic Counseling Program.
Amy McGuire on Newborn SequencingToday the Beagle welcomes Amy McGuire, Professor of Biomedical Ethics and Director of the Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy at Baylor College of Medicine. Amy, a nationally-recognized expert in the legal and ethical issues associated with genomic medicine, joins Laura to discuss BabySeq and the high-risk, high-reward prospect of making genome sequencing of newborns routine.
Kathryn Paige Harden on Behavioral GeneticsKathryn Paige Harden is a professor of psychology at the University of Texas, where she leads the Developmental Behavior Lab and co-directs the Texas twin project.
Colleen Caleshu on GC BurnoutColleen Caleshu, Senior Director of Research at GeneMatters, received the Jane Engleberg Memorial Foundation Fellowship in 2019 for a randomized controlled trial of meditation to improve genetic counselor professional well-being. She received the best abstract award at the 2021 NSGC Annual Conference for part of this work. Colleen is a Ph.D. candidate at Leiden University and a genetic counselor who specializes in cardio genetics and kindness.
New ACMG Guidelines for Expanded Carrier Screening with Barbara Harrison and Katie StollToday, Laura speaks with Barbara Harrison, Assistant Professor at Howard University (and 2020 NSGC Natalie Weissberger Paul National Achievement Award winner) and Katie Stoll, executive director of Genetic Support Foundation, about the new guidelines from ACMG on expanded carrier screening: how these changes move the field forward, and how they fall short.
Kiran Musunuru Has Good News about Gene Therapy for Common DiseasesA cardiologist and Professor of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, Kiran Musunuru is a clinician and a researcher whose important work has moved the ball forward on gene therapy. As co-founder and scientific advisor to Verve Therapeutics, Kiran has a special perspective – an insider’s view of the business, from someone who is both an academic (MD, PhD, MPH) and a humanist at heart.
Laura and Jordan Brown on New Challenges to Abortion Law and What they Mean for Prenatal DiagnosticsThe legal landscape for abortion is changing rapidly, and in ways that will inevitably affect genetic counseling practice in many states. Joining Laura to discuss the new laws and the role that NSGC can play – if the organization decides that protecting reproductive rights is a priority for its membership-- is Jordan Brown, assistant Director at the genetic counseling program at the Ohio State University, vice chair of the NSGC Public Policy Committee, and a member of the newly formed NSGC Task Force looking at the challenges to reproductive rights.
Jodie Ingles on Cardio GeneticsToday we reach out across closed borders to Australia for a chat with Jodie Ingles, one of the first people anywhere in the world to focus on cardiogenetic counseling. Jodie talks to us about how the field has changed in the last 17 years, and where we are headed next.
Euan Ashley on The Genome OdysseyEuan Ashley has had a front row seat at the genomic revolution, and in his new book The Genome Odyssey he invites us to sit alongside him and watch the show. Even if you lived through it, you won’t believe how quickly things have changed!
Kyle Brothers and Mildred Cho: How to Talk about Race in Designing Genetic ResearchIf you are a clinician, researcher, or editor working in genetics, you are probably aware of the toxic history of our field with regard to race. And (JAMA editors aside, apparently) you are probably aware that this is not just a historical problem, but something affecting medical practice today. How do we move forward in a fashion that is not racist – or, better yet, anti-racist?