December 2022 Update

Your quarterly update from the MCGI team
October 2022 — December 2022


Join us for the 2023 Maine Cancer Genomics Initiative Forum on Friday, March 31 – Saturday, April 1. A preliminary agenda is now available! Download a copy of the agenda to see what is in store at next year’s event.

The event will be hosted in person at the Samoset Resort in Rockport, Maine and virtually with on-demand viewing options for the designated post-event period.

In person attendance is available by invitation to select MCGI network contacts. These contacts will receive an email invitation to attend in person

Register as a virtual attendee today! Visit our event page for more information about the 2023 MCGI Forum.

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On November 20, Jessica DiBiase, M.P.H. from MaineHealth Institute for Research participated in a panel discussion, Working Towards Health Equity in Cancer Genomic Testing, at the National Society of Genetic Counselors Annual Conference in Nashville, TN. 

Presentations from Ms. DiBiase and co-panelists Dr. Altovise Ewing, Ph.D., LCGC, from Genentech, Dr. Lara Sucheston-Campbell, Ph.D., M.S., from Roche, and Blake Vuocolo, M.S., CGC, from Baylor College of Medicine explored racial, socioeconomic, and other factors that contribute to disparities in cancer genomic care. Ms. DiBiase presented emerging data from MCGI about whether a patient’s geographic location (degree of rurality) in Maine predicts perceptions about genomic tumor testing. Co-panelists and conference attendees discussed strategies for promoting health equity in cancer genomics across research and clinical applications.  



Anna Pavlova, Colby College '24, was selected to present a poster on her internship project with MCGI at the Northern New England Clinical Oncology Society (NNECOS) Annual Meeting in October.

Anna first joined us during her Colby JanPlan in 2022 and continued working during Spring semester. She assembled her work in collaboration with the team and submitted an abstract to NNECOS. Anna presented her poster on Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer: Investigating the Relationship Between Focused Molecular Testing and Next Generation Sequencing in Maine. Anna is the second MCGI intern to present at a NNECOS conference!



What should you consider when determining which biomarker test is the best fit for a specific patient? JAX’s clinical education team discussed the benefits and limitations of different types of tumor testing during a recent webinar. View the recording of Bigger is Not Always Better: What You Should Know Before Ordering a Genomic Tumor Test.

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