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The Multiplex Initiative: Implications for Personalized Medicine
Henry Ford Health System
Detroit, Michigan
May 26-27, 2010

As technology advances our ability to look closely at an individual's genome, questions arise regarding the utility and influence of this capability. The Multiplex Initiative, a collaborative study between the National Human Genome Research Institute, Henry Ford Health System, and Group Health Cooperative, was undertaken to study the receptivity of such technology in young, healthy, insured adults. This symposium will feature results of this cutting-edge study and discussions regarding the future of genetic testing in public health and medical practice. Join us as we explore the issues May 26th and 27th at the Henry Ford Health System in Detroit.

Tentative Agenda
Wednesday, May 26
5:30 pm Diamond Queen boat cruise on the Detroit River
Free to symposium attendees (including hors d'oeuvres)
Cash bar
8:00 pm Dinner at Andiamo's on the River
Thursday, May 27
Henry Ford Health System, One Ford Place
7:30 am Continental Breakfast
8:00 am Welcome and Introduction
8:15 am From Blueprints to Prototype - The Engineering of Multiplex

If We Build It, Will They Come? Creating a Research Infrastructure for Multiplex Genetic Testing
Andy Baxevanis, NHGRI

How to Build a Genetic Test in Five Easy Steps
Lawrence Brody, NHGRI

Social Group Participation in the Multiplex Project
Sharon Hensley Alford, Henry Ford Hospital
9:45 am Break
10:15 am To Test or Not to Test: Implications for Health Care Systems

Profile of Multiplex Testers: Implications for Patient-Physician Interactions
Colleen McBride, NHGRI

What Did Participants Want to Know about Multiplex Testing? Implications for Decision Support Systems
Christopher Wade, NHGRI

Informing Patients of their Genetic Risks: Effects on Health Care Seeking
Robert Reid and Eric Larson, Group Health Cooperative
11:45 am Lunch
1:00 pm Future Directions for Multiplex Genetic Risk Assessment

If Given a Choice, How Much and What Disease-Risk Feedback Would Participants Want?
Barbara Biesecker, NHGRI

Potential for Early Intervention: Parents' Views of Multiplex Testing for their Children
Ken Tercyak, Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, Georgetown University
2:00 pm Panel Discussion:

Putting Multiplex in Perspective: A View from the Outside
3:00 pm Closing Remarks
3:30 pm Adjourn