pgEd Industry Forum for Forging Community Partnerships

Personal Genetics Education Project’s (pgEd): “On May 19-20, 2016, over 40 representatives from healthcare, education, business, government, film/TV, and communities of faith came together in a one-of-a-kind meeting at Harvard Medical School. The goal of the pgEd Industry Forum for Forging Community Partnerships was to bring together experts from across disciplinary and community divides to explore strategies for tackling the gap in awareness and conversation about personal genetics between well-served and underserved communities.” 

Jacob and I attended the two day event and participated in on the “Genetics on Screen - Harnessing the Power of TV and Film to Reach Broad Audiences” panel. We were privileged to share the story of ANYA with an engaged audience consisting of our collaborators at Harvard Medical School’s Department of Genetics, their academic and industry colleagues, and community members.

The forum was an incredible outreach experience for us and we developed new friendships and partnerships, including Jeantine Lunshof, a Harvard based science ethicist, and Richard Lumb, CEO of Front Line Genomics and organizers of the Festival Of Genomics.

Listening to the diverse perspectives presented in the Industry Forum profoundly shaped how we presented the Narvals’ reaction to becoming active subjects of genetics research.

Genetics on Screen panel Q&A with (from left) Anne Merchant (NAS Science & Entertainment Exchange), Carylanna Taylor (filmmaker ANYA), Jacob Okada (filmmaker, ANYA, CURTIS), Angela Tucker (filmmaker, Black Folk Don’t), Mike Cahill (filmmaker, I Origins and Another Earth). Photo by pgEd.

Genetics on Screen panel Q&A with (from left) Anne Merchant (NAS Science & Entertainment Exchange), Carylanna Taylor (filmmaker ANYA), Jacob Okada (filmmaker, ANYA, CURTIS), Angela Tucker (filmmaker, Black Folk Don’t), Mike Cahill (filmmaker, I Origins and Another Earth). Photo by pgEd.

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