Family Health History Month: Know your genes

  This Family Health History Month, Invitae encourages all families to discuss their history of disease. Your family medical history provides powerful insights into your risk of developing certain medical conditions, which can help you create a plan for prevention or early disease detection. Talking with your relatives about the diseases that are present in…

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Invitae Chief Medical Officer Dr. Robert Nussbaum recognized for innovation in epilepsy diagnosis

Joseph Sullivan, MD, Epilepsy Foundation of Northern California Board Chair

Each year, the Epilepsy Foundation of Northern California’s Innovation Award honors an outstanding individual who has made exceptional contributions and conducted innovative work in epilepsy research, diagnosis, and treatment. We are pleased to announce that this year’s recipient is Invitae Chief Medical Officer Dr. Robert Nussbaum. Dr. Nussbaum’s work and success in the development of…

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What is a genetic counselor?

Kate Lynch and Sienna Aguilar, Genetic counselors at Invitae

November 9th will mark the first annual Genetic Counselor Awareness Day. Generally, when we tell someone that we are genetic counselors, they immediately ask: “What is a genetic counselor?” We’re often so limited by time that the answer barely scratches the surface. But if given the time, there is so much we would tell them…

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Self-reported data from a patient registry is a valuable resource for researchers

By Vanessa Rangel Miller, Invitae

Invitae’s Patient Insights Networks (PINs) are web-based patient opt-in registries that can provide reliable data for researchers, particularly for rare diseases. Disease registries are not a new concept in clinical research. Investigators have long used registries to aid in hypothesis generation, data mining, and clinical trial recruitment, among other utilities. Yet there remains some skepticism by…

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Are you missing patients who need genetic testing?

It’s national hereditary breast & ovarian cancer week. Are you ensuring that all patients who qualify for genetic testing get it? An estimated 1.2 to 1.3 million women in the US with breast or ovarian cancer who qualified for genetic testing failed to receive it1 More than 70% of patients with breast cancer and 80%…

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Need guidance on integrating cardiogenetics into your practice?

Wondering how to best utilize genetic testing in your cardiology practice? Professional societies have long recommended genetic testing in the care of individuals and families with inherited cardiovascular diseases.1-5 Recognizing the obstacles to integrating genetic testing into every cardiology practice, recently published articles highlight why, when, and how to offer genetic testing appropriately and effectively in your practice.6,7…

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Newborn Screening Awareness Month

Please join us this September and all year long, as we recognize the importance of newborn screening and the dedication of all the clinicians who protect the health and wellbeing of our most vulnerable population. When a newborn receives a positive genetic screening result, the world can seem to come to a halt for the…

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