Program Goals

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The purpose of this activity is to educate the participants on the current status of screening methods for early detection of fetal chromosome abnormalities. Current and new findings will be discussed for the choices of non-invasive genetic testing options. Review of the development and implementation of the various screening options, as well as the principles and process of validating genetic tests.

Target Audience

Obstetricians/Gynecologists, Ph.D. Clinical Geneticists, M.D. Medical Geneticists, Genetic Counselors, Pediatricians, Laboratory Professionals, and related healthcare professionals interested or involved in the care of pregnant women.

Educational Objectives

Validation and Verification of Genetic Assays
1. Describe the principles for validating genetic tests.
2. Highlight recent developments in analytical validation and verification.

Celiac Disease and Genetic Testing
1. Describe the broad clinical spectrum of celiac disease as a common and under-diagnosed disorder.
2. Explain the circumstances in which genetic testing for the celiac-associated HLA DQA and DQB alleles is useful.

Universal Newborn Screening for Severe Combined Immunodeficiency
1. Review the rational for newborn screening for SCID
2. Describe the screening test for SCID


Victoria Pratt, PhD, FACMG

Cheif Director, Molecular Genetics

Quest Diagnostics Nichols Institute

Chantilly, VA


Annette K. Taylor, MS, PhD

Senior Director

Kimball Genetics, A Division of LabCorp

Denver, CO


Mei Baker, MD

Research Scientist 

Newborn Screening Laboratory

Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Madison, WI


Educational Program Agenda

- 01.5 minutes: Welcome & Introduction
-20-25 minutes: Dr. Annette Taylor, MD
-25 minutes: Dr. Mei Baker, MD
-20 minutes: Dr. Victoria Pratt, PhD
-1.5 minutes: Accreditation Info & Prep for Q&A
-15-20 minutes: Questions & Answer Section
-1.5 minutes: Close & Thank You

Credit Designation - Genetic Counselors

Category Level 2 Credits are available through the National Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC) for this educational event. will provide downloadable documents for inclusion in your application submission to NSGC. Follow the instructions on the NSGC application form when submitting for credit.

Lab Professional Credit Designation - P.A.C.E.®

The American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science's Professional Acknowledgment for Continuing Education (P.A.C.E.®) Program will provide 1.5 contact hours of credit.

How to Obtain P.A.C.E.® Credit


pace.jpgViewers are expected to complete the presentation before attempting to submit contact information and the session evaluation. Successful completion will lead to the issuance of a certificate for 1.5 contact hours of P.A.C.E.®  approved continuing education. To receive credit, the course must be completed by June 24, 2013.

Participation in this activity should be completed in approximately 1.5 hours. Please follow these steps in order to receive P.A.C.E.® credit for viewing the webcast:

  • Read all of the information above.
  • View the complete webcast program.
  • Click on the link to apply for P.A.C.E.® credit.
  • Complete the online registration (registration is free).
  • Complete the online test and/or evaluation. Participants must receive a test score of at least 70% and answer all evaluation questions to receive a certificate.
  • After successful completion of this process, you will be redirected to the ASCLS CE Organizer where you may create and print an official ASCLS P.A.C.E.® certificate based on your attendance and completion of this ASCLS-sponsored P.A.C.E.® approved learning activity.

Should you have any P.A.C.E.® questions regarding this activity, please contact:

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Ph: 571-748-3776
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P.A.C.E.® Release and Expiration Dates


Enduring Archive Release Date: June 24, 2011

Enduring Archive PACE Expiration date: June 24, 2013

Disclosure of Conflicts of Interests

The American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science requires instructors, planners, managers and other individuals who are in a position to control the content of this activity to disclose any real or apparent conflict of interest they may have as related to the content of this activity. All identified conflicts of interest are thoroughly vetted by ASCLS for fair balance, scientific objectivity of studies mentioned in the materials or used as the basis for content, and appropriateness of patient care recommendations.

Faculty Disclosures

The faculty reported the following financial relationship or relationships to products or devices they or their spouse/life partner have with commercial interests related to the content of this P.A.C.E.® accredited activity:


Victoria Pratt, PhD, FACMG
Stock Shareholder Quest Diagnostics
Annette K. Taylor, MS, PhD Employee LabCorp
Mei Baker,MD Nothing to disclose Nothing to disclose

Disclosure of Unlabeled Use/Investigational Use

This educational activity may contain discussion of published and/or investigational uses of agents that are not indicated by the FDA. The Society for Clinical Laboratory Science (ASCLS) and Dane Garvin Ltd. do not recommend the use of any agent outside of the labeled indications.
The opinions expressed in the educational activity are those of the faculty and do not necessarily represent the views of any organization associated with this activity. Please refer to the official prescribing information for each product for discussion of approved indications, contraindications, and warnings.

Planners and Managers

The planners and managers reported the following financial relationship or relationships to products or devices they or their spouse/life partner have with commercial interests related to the content of this P.A.C.E.® accredited activity:

ASCLS - Name of Planner or Manager Reported Financial Relationship
Sherry MIner Nothing to disclose
DGL - Name of Planner or Manager Reported Financial Relationship
LaRue Highsmith Nothing to disclose
(Spouse - no planning role) Admin: Abbott Laboratories

Fee Information

There is no fee for this educational activity.


Participants have an implied responsibility to use the newly acquired information to enhance patient outcomes and their own professional development. The information presented in this activity is not meant to serve as a guideline for patient management. Any procedures, medications, or other courses of diagnosis or treatment discussed in this activity should not be used by clinicians without evaluation of patient conditions and possible contraindications on dangers in use, review of any applicable manufacturer’s product information, and comparison with recommendations of other authorities.

Policy on Privacy and Confidentiality

The American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science (ASCLS) protects the privacy of personal and other information regarding participants, educational partners, and joint sponsors. ASCLS and our joint sponsors will not release personally identifiable information to a third party without the individual’s consent, except such information as is required for reporting purposes to the appropriate accrediting agency.

The American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science and Dane Garvin, Ltd. maintain physical, electronic and procedural safeguards that comply with federal regulations to guard your nonpublic personal information.


Medium Used

This program has been made available online:
"New Horizons in Clinical Genetic Testing"

System Requirements

To view this educational activity you will need a web browser with Javascript and either Flash or HTML5 enabled.  Nearly all modern web browsers will work.

Support Statement

This activity has been provided by the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science and Dane Garvin Ltd.

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