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Office of Public Health Genomics, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The Office of Public Health Genomics (OPHG) aims to integrate genomics into public health research, policy, and programs, which could improve interventions designed to prevent and control the country’s leading chronic, infectious, environmental, and occupational diseases.

Review Date: August 01, 2011

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American Society of Human Genetics

The American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) is a professional membership organization for human genetics specialists worldwide. The Society currently has nearly 8,000 active members, including researchers, clinicians, academicians, ethicists, genetic counselors, nurses and others who have a special interest in the field of human genetics. ASHG serves human genetics professionals, health care providers, and the general public by providing forums to share research results, advance genetic research, enhance genetics education, promote genetic services and support responsible social and scientific policies.

Review Date: November 25, 2011

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March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation

The March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. With chapters nationwide and its premier event, March for Babies®, the March of Dimes works to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. The March of Dimes carries out their mission by investing in research and educating health care professionals, pregnant women and new moms. They also are there with support for families with a baby in newborn intensive care. For the latest resources and information, visit marchofdimes.com or nacersano.org.

Review Date: June 17, 2008

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Mount Sinai Center for Jewish Genetic Diseases

The Mount Sinai Center for Jewish Genetic Diseases is the oldest center in the country dedicated to the care of patients with genetic disorders that are prevalent in the Jewish community and to conducting research focused on the development of improved diagnostic and treatment modalities. The Center conducts a Jewish genetic disease screening program, which provides expert screening and genetic counseling to individuals at risk for being carriers of these diseases. All services are provided by board-certified genetic counselors and clinical and molecular geneticists.

Review Date: October 18, 2011

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National Birth Defects Center

Established in 1984, the Center provides diagnosis and treatment to children born with Birth Defects, Genetic Diseases and Mental Retardation. The Center consists of physicians and consultants in pediatrics, genetics, orthopedics, cardiology, neurology, ophthalmology, endocrinology, craniofacial surgery, plastic surgery, and other specialties. The Center houses the Pregnancy Environmental Hotline, a toll-free service which provides information concerning the effects that drugs, medications, radiation, infections, or environmental agents may have on the fetus.

Review Date: August 27, 2008

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National Society of Genetic Counselors

The National Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC) promotes the professional interests of genetic counselors and provides a network for professional communications. Local and national continuing education opportunities and the discussion of all issues relevant to human genetics and the genetic counseling profession are an integral part of belonging to the NSGC. Growth and development within the profession and the recognition of a unique identity provided the impetus for the formation of a responsive professional society. To that end, the National Society of Genetic Counselors was incorporated in 1979. The National Society of Genetic Counselors advances the various roles of genetic counselors in health care by fostering education, research, and public policy to ensure the availability of quality genetic services.

Review Date: January 27, 2012

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The Nemours Foundation

Since 1940, the Foundation has operated non-profit health care institutions. It provides health care services to the children of Delaware, Florida and the surrounding states; and selected health services for the elderly of Delaware, regardless of their financial means. Operationally, The Nemours Foundation is a not-for-profit knowledge corporation, which conducts nonprofit programs and excels in the provision of health, education and research services. Nemours provides health education through KidsHealth, a Web site dedicated to the health of children, research and professional education, prevention through Nemours Health and Prevention Services, and adjunct programs dealing with detection and intervention such as Nemours BrightStart! Dyslexia Initiative.

Review Date: June 12, 2012

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