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Norwalk Community College Hosts Panel On Personalized Medicine

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NORWALK, Conn. -- Learn more about medical breakthroughs in personalized medicine and cancer treatment at Norwalk Community College when the NCC Foundation presents “Fighting Cancer in Connecticut: Genomic Research, Precision Medicine and What it Could Mean for You” on Thursday, April 7. 

This panel discussion is the second event in a Lecture Series held in celebration of the Foundation’s 50th anniversary. The program features experts from Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine, a world leader in genomic medicine; and Mount Sinai Hospital who will share their expertise in the field of genomic research and precision medicine, and the skills needed to be a part of it. 

Find out how they are developing precise, predictable, and powerful medicines that can be customized for every individual patient. This work is leading to new treatments for cancer, heart disease, neurodegenerative and immune disorders, diabetes, aging and other conditions. The presentation also will address the need to prepare today’s students for careers in the growing field of personalized medicine. 

Expanding research on fighting cancer and other chronic and developing diseases, along with the demand for biomedical advances from the aging Baby Boomer population, have led to increased opportunities in biotech careers. Much of that research is being conducted right here in Connecticut. Over the next 10 years, career opportunities will continue to grow at an unprecedented rate, especially in the field of meta-data analysis, for biomedical engineers, biological technicians, and medical lab technologists. 

NCC Assistant Professor and Engineering Program Coordinator Mobin Rastgar Agah, Ph.D. will moderate the discussion among the following panelists: 

  • Yu-Hui Rogers, MS Site Director, Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine, Farmington, 
  • Todd E. Arnold, PhD Managing Director, Mount Sinai Genetic Testing Laboratory-Connecticut
  • Sharon Turcotte, B.S Middlesex Community College biotechnology student and intern at the Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine, Farmington
  • Greg Rodriguez, A.S. Middlesex Community College biotechnology program graduate and Accessioning Specialist at Mount Sinai Genetic Testing Laboratory, Branford. 

The event will be held at 7 p.m. in the East Campus PepsiCo Theater. There is no admission charge and the public is invited. Registration is required. Visit their website to register.

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