This year’s virtual ACMG Annual Clinical Genetics Meeting served as an inspiring reminder of why we do what we do. For both the Children’s Hospital Genomics Roundtable and the On-Demand Product Theater, we were excited to highlight expert perspectives and real-life applications from the heart of the ever-evolving realm of clinical genetics. In short, we had a lot of fun.
As a researcher, I always look forward to engaging in new learning and discovery within the realm of clinical genomics at upcoming conferences. I realize that these valuable insights are made possible through both our partners and our existing users who willingly and enthusiastically share their experiences using Genomenon’s Mastermind Genomic Search Engine. I am continually amazed by Mastermind’s global presence as a premier research tool used by hundreds of labs worldwide to reduce turnaround time, increase diagnostic yield, and accelerate throughput for variant interpretation of genetic diseases and cancers.
Before the main events of ACMG started, we were proud to host a Children’s Hospital Genomics Roundtable, which was designed as an open forum discussion among 8 clinical experts from 4 leading pediatric hospitals: Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Children’s Hospital Colorado, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, and St. Jude Children’s Hospital. The intention of this event was to spark compelling discussions around current trends in the industry, challenges practitioners are facing, and the paradigm shift in research and practice with the advent of artificial intelligence and machine learning-assisted technology. Aside from being an enjoyable conversation on its own, this meeting of minds served as a refreshing reminder of the mission that unites all of us in both the rare disease and cancer research community. By openly sharing our frustrations, aspirations, concerns, and visions for the future, we are able to re-center our sense of purpose. By imagining a world where clinical genomics is available for all disciplines and sub-specialities, we better equip ourselves to adapt in a constantly changing clinical landscape, and to move toward our collective goal to advance human health outcomes. Watch the recording of the Children’s Hospital Genomics Roundtable below.
Our On-Demand Product Theater included high-level global insights drawn from the diverse perspectives of clinical genomics experts (and Mastermind Pro users!) Dr. Pippa Grainger in New Zealand and Dr. Andreas Laner in Germany. The information shared by these speakers not only validated the Mastermind Genomic Search Engine as a superior genetic variant interpretation tool, but also demonstrated how AI-driven genomics is shaping clinical decision making in the research space. Most notably, through their first-hand descriptions of Mastermind Pro’s integration into their clinical processes, Drs. Grainger and Laner created clarity around AI-driven innovation that is driving positive change in genetics practice. As with the Children’s Hospital Roundtable, these speakers echoed the community-focused sentiment of universal access to genomics data, and the breakdown of silos between the clinic and the lab. Watch “Clinical Perspectives: Optimized Variant Interpretation with the Mastermind Genomic Search Engine” below.
Both of these conversations, combined with the free downloadable resources at our ACMG Resource Center, served to create a high-value event that cultivated many meaningful discussions and insights. However, ACMG 2021 only lasted 3 days – there’s so much more to discuss and discover.
The wealth of actionable insights gleaned from these events barely scratch the surface of what Mastermind’s robust capabilities can offer those tasked with making sense out of complex genetic data. To see for yourself, sign up for your free Mastermind account to begin exploring – I think you’ll be happy you did.