Welcome to Heartland Genetics

Welcome! The Heartland Regional Genetics Network is a group of genetics and newborn screening providers, researchers, industry representatives, public officials, and advocates from Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, and South Dakota.

This website provides information and resources to professionals, families, and collaborators to facilitate communication and work within the Network. Heartland welcomes you to use the resources contained in this site and invites your participation.

Upcoming Events
Heartland’s Annual Meeting April 23-25
Embassy Suites, Norman, OK
For more information email
cara-vaught@ouhsc.edu

Register here for Heartlands Upcoming Newborn Screening ECHO Series

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DNA Day celebrates the completion of the Human Genome Project in April 2003, as well as the discovery of the double helix structure of DNA in 1953.

Every year, ASHG - American Society of Human Genetics celebrates DNA Day through a writing contest for students in 9-12th grade across the world. Submissions are due on March 6th. Student participants can win up to $1,000 in genetics materials grants!

Here's this year's prompt:
"Many human diseases have a genetic component. Some diseases result from a change in a single gene or even multiple genes. Yet, many diseases are complex and stem from an interaction between genes and the environment. Environmental factors may include chemicals in the air or water, nutrition, microbes, ultraviolet radiation from the sun, and social context. Provide an example of how the interplay of genetics and environment can shape human health."

Learn more and submit your essay at www.ashg.org/dna-day/.

#HRGN #HumanGenomeProject #developmentaldisability #marshallese #genetics #genetic #birthdefects #familyhealth #genética
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DNA Day celebrates the completion of the Human Genome Project in April 2003, as well as the discovery of the double helix structure of DNA in 1953. Every year, ASHG - American Society of Human Genetics celebrates DNA Day through a writing contest for students in 9-12th grade across the world. Submissions are due on March 6th. Student participants can win up to $1,000 in genetics materials grants! Heres this years prompt: Many human diseases have a genetic component. Some diseases result from a change in a single gene or even multiple genes. Yet, many diseases are complex and stem from an interaction between genes and the environment. Environmental factors may include chemicals in the air or water, nutrition, microbes, ultraviolet radiation from the sun, and social context. Provide an example of how the interplay of genetics and environment can shape human health.Learn more and submit your essay at https://www.ashg.org/dna-day/.#HRGN  #HumanGenomeProject #developmentaldisability #marshallese #genetics #genetic #birthdefects #familyhealth #genética

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Today is Rare Disease Day!

Although there are many diseases that are incredibly rare, if you combine all of the people in the world who have rare diseases, it is actually more common than you might think.

Check out the Rare Disease Day website at www.rarediseaseday.org/.

#HRGN #RareDiseaseDay #rarediseaseday2024 #geneticscreening #familyhealth #genetictesting
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Today is Rare Disease Day! Although there are many diseases that are incredibly rare, if you combine all of the people in the world who have rare diseases, it is actually more common than you might think. Check out the Rare Disease Day website at https://www.rarediseaseday.org/.#HRGN #RareDiseaseDay #rarediseaseday2024 #geneticscreening #familyhealth #GeneticTestingImage attachment

We're excited to announce that the Heartland Regional Genetics Network’s 2024 Annual Conference will be held in person. Join us at the Embassy Suites in Norman, Oklahoma, on April 24-25, 2024.

We’ll share the latest education and updates on genetic services, celebrate our partnerships and collaboration, and share the resources we've developed together.

If you’re interested in attending as a vendor or have questions, please reach out to the HRGN team.

Don’t forget to register before March 25th at bbmc.ouhsc.edu/redcap/surveys/?s=YPP4MCAWX4D3PJWD.

#HRGN #healthcareinterpreter #geneticnurse #geneticist #geneticcounseling #geneticcounselor
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Were excited to announce that the Heartland Regional Genetics Network’s 2024 Annual Conference will be held in person. Join us at the Embassy Suites in Norman, Oklahoma, on April 24-25, 2024. We’ll share the latest education and updates on genetic services, celebrate our partnerships and collaboration, and share the resources weve developed together. If you’re interested in attending as a vendor or have questions, please reach out to the HRGN team. Don’t forget to register before March 25th at https://bbmc.ouhsc.edu/redcap/surveys/?s=YPP4MCAWX4D3PJWD. #HRGN #healthcareinterpreter #geneticnurse #geneticist #geneticcounseling #geneticcounselor

Has your genetic test found a VUS?

Variants of Uncertain Significance are genetic variants (also called mutations) that are not yet understood well enough to classify as benign (not causing disease) or pathogenic (causing disease). This means they might be related to a health condition, or they might not.

As more people pursue genetic testing, scientists have more opportunities to learn about these variants and reclassify them. Most of the time, they are reclassified as benign, meaning they don't affect our health, and sometimes they are reclassified as pathogenic, which may provide an important answ#HRGN##genetictestings#geneticscreeninge#geneticisti#geneticse#geneticcounselinge#GeneticCounselorselor
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Has your genetic test found a VUS? Variants of Uncertain Significance are genetic variants (also called mutations) that are not yet understood well enough to classify as benign (not causing disease) or pathogenic (causing disease). This means they might be related to a health condition, or they might not. As more people pursue genetic testing, scientists have more opportunities to learn about these variants and reclassify them. Most of the time, they are reclassified as benign, meaning they dont affect our health, and sometimes they are reclassified as pathogenic, which may provide an important answer.#HRGN #genetictesting #geneticscreening #geneticist #genetics #geneticcounseling #geneticcounselorImage attachmentImage attachment

February 22nd is Heart Valve Disease Awareness Day.

February is American #HeartMonth, a time to raise awareness around the importance of recognizing and understanding all types of heart disease, including valve disease.

Visit www.valvediseaseday.org/ to learn more about Valve Disease Day events happening throughout Heart Month that encourage us all to listen to our heart.

#HRGN #ValveDiseaseDay #healthservices #familyhealth #genetics
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February 22nd is Heart Valve Disease Awareness Day.February is American #HeartMonth, a time to raise awareness around the importance of recognizing and understanding all types of heart disease, including valve disease.Visit https://www.valvediseaseday.org/ to learn more about Valve Disease Day events happening throughout Heart Month that encourage us all to listen to our heart.#HRGN #ValveDiseaseDay #healthservices #familyhealth #genetics
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We offer a collection of genetic testing related videos in Spanish and Marshallese, with and without English subtitles.  These videos educate and prepare families by providing resources to help them navigate their unique genetic testing journey. Please subscribe to our YouTube channel to receive notifications when new videos are available.





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