Concierge Medicine Today, one of the sister publications to The Direct Primary Care Journal celebrates National DNA Day to commemorate the successful completion of the Human Genome Project in 2003 and the discovery of DNA’s double helix in 1953. NHGRI began celebrating DNA Day annually on April 25th after the 108th Congress passed concurrent resolutions designating it as DNA Day. The goal of National DNA Day is to offer students, teachers and the public an opportunity to learn about and celebrate the latest advances in genomic research and explore how those advances might impact their lives.
In celebration of National DNA Day, Concierge Medicine Today is releasing a 4-Part educational audio series on “DNA FOR DOCTORS”. The 5-part audio lesson available for download for free for the entire week of DNA Day festivities is available at http://www.ConciergeMedicineToday.org. The series features discussions around: Pharmacogenomic Testing; Whole Genome Sequencing 101; Compound Pharmacy and its role in Patient Care; What is Recreational DNA Testing; the role of Geneticists and the importance of a Physician and Genomic Counselor when interpreting the reports for the Patient after the test results come back.
“Understanding and learning more about the applicability of DNA Testing, what it is, and what it can do with the help of a highly relational, engaged Physician, like those in Concierge Medicine is very important,” said Michael Tetreault, Editor of the international trade publication, Concierge Medicine Today. “Today’s educational event offers Doctors, geneticists, students, teachers, and the general public many exciting opportunities to learn about the latest advances in genomic research and explore how those advances may impact their lives.”
Genetics usually refers to the study of individual genes and their role in disease or inheritance. Genomics refers to an individual’s entire genomic make-up. Genomics looks at the genetic sequence of genes, and their structure and function as well as the interactions between genes. An easy way to think about genetic testing is to compare it to a book, because genetics is truly our Instruction Manual of Life and genetic testing is simply a way to proofread each person’s Instruction Manual for potential typos, according to Sequencing.com.
“The genetic revolution has already begun, and it is having far-reaching effects on healthcare right now,” said Brandon Colby, MD and author of Outsmart Your Genes. “Our knowledge of how to use this information is increasing at an exponential rate. What this means is that we can now start to integrate genetics into our everyday lives. With comprehensive genetic testing, we launch an innovative strategy against disease, attacking it before it even manifests. Genetic testing, therefore, provides a new counter-offensive in our war against Alzheimer’s, cancer, heart disease, and many other diseases that have plagued our civilization for centuries. This is the most exciting, and potentially groundbreaking, medical development of this century.”
The accuracy of whole genome sequencing is quickly improving and the cost is quickly dropping. Within the next couple of years, this technology will most likely be widely used by Concierge Physicians in the daily clinical care of their patients.
The Concierge Medicine Physician can, should [and currently is] acting as the informed fiduciary, shepherding the patient treatment process so as to make informed decisions with actionable data, together, with their patients. Advanced DNA research and whole genome sequencing have powerful applications, says trade publication, Concierge Medicine Today. Companies see Concierge Physicians as the ideal delivery model, allowing people to learn more about their DNA and make informed, data-driven decisions under the direction and support of their involved [Concierge] physician, to live a healthier life.
For the complete listing of events nationwide and additional resources for National DNA Day, please see: www.genome.gov/dnaday
Celebrating the completion of the Human Genome Project in 2003 and the discovery of the double helix in 1953 is an important part of that educational learning curve. Our release of this new genomic educational series for both Doctors and Patients is just one of many educational events being held nationwide as part of National DNA Day, a national observance promoted by the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
“If I were to ask you to describe how you picture your life in ten years, chances are you could paint a fairly clear picture,” says Tetreault. “DNA data with the continuous interaction and direction of a [Concierge] physician ushers in a healthcare utopia. In this way, it simplifies decision making using data, not practice.”About the National Institutes of Health (NIH): NIH, the nation’s medical research agency, includes 27 institutes and centers and is a component of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. NIH is the primary federal agency conducting and supporting basic, clinical, and translational medical research, and is investigating the causes, treatments, and cures for both common and rare diseases. For more information about NIH and its programs, visit http://www.nih.gov.
What is National DNA Day and why is it important?
National DNA Day commemorates the successful completion of the Human Genome Project in 2003 and the discovery of DNA’s double helix by James Watson and Francis Crick in 1953. National DNA Day is officially celebrated on April 25th and began after the first session of the 108th Congress passed concurrent resolutions designating the day in 2003. This annual celebration offers students, teachers and the public many exciting opportunities to learn about the latest advances in genomic research and explore what they may mean for their lives.
The National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), one of 27 institutes and centers that form the National Institutes of Health (NIH), is encouraging organizations to host events celebrating National DNA Day from January through May of each year.
How can I get involved?
If you or your organization want to participate in National DNA Day, there are two options for getting involved. Interested participants can either attend a local event near you, which can be found on our National DNA Day Events Map located on our Find Events page. The other option is to start your event. Download our DNA Day Starter Kit to get started!
What activities can I participate in or what kind of events can I hold?
We encourage you to reach out to local groups with events posted on our Find Events page. If you are unable to get in touch with a group, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will assist with putting you in touch with the group. You can also Plan an Event by using our resources on our Get Activity Ideas page to celebrate on your own or as a group.
What is the National DNA Day Events Map?
The interactive map showcases all National DNA Day events registered by individuals or organizations nationwide. Once events are registered, host organizations become official National DNA Day Partners! This is a great platform for you to share your own event with others who are just as excited to celebrate National DNA Day. See events on the National DNA Day Events Map by visiting our Find Events page.
Do I need to register my event/activity celebrating National DNA Day?
Yes. The goal of the National DNA Day Events Map is to help organizations engage in local and national collaborations, and gain national recognition of their events. Register your event on the Events Map, which automatically makes your organization a National DNA Day Partner and enjoy official entry into the National DNA Day Network.
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