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NextGen Discovery Series - July 8

The NextGen Precision Health Discovery Series provides learning opportunities for UM System faculty and staff across disciplines, the statewide community and our other partners to learn about the scope of precision health research and identify potential collaborative opportunities. The series consists of monthly lectures geared toward a broad multidisciplinary audience so all can participate and appreciate the spectrum of precision health efforts. 

Information about the upcoming talk, including continuing education, is available below.

For questions about this event or any others in the Discovery Series, please reach out to Mary Hindle at

The Wash U Precision Health Experience

Dr. Gurnett talked about the Institute of Clinical and Translational Sciences Precision Health function, including efforts to integrate of genomic and electronic health record data, engage community and research participants through return of research results, and her own basic science research developing methods to quantify the functional effects of thousands of gene variants using deep mutational scans.

About the Speaker

Headshot of Dr. Christina Gurnett

Dr. Christina Gurnett is the A Ernest and Jane G Stein Professor of Neurology and the Director of the Division of Pediatric and Developmental Neurology at Washington University in St Louis.  She completed her MD/PhD degrees at the University of Iowa and then moved to Washington University in St Louis in 2000 for her Neurology and Neurophysiology training.  She is the Co-Director of the Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center and the Associate Director of the Institute of Clinical and Translational Sciences at Washington University. She has an active neurogenetics research program focused on gene discovery for pediatric musculoskeletal disorders, and leads an NIH whole genome sequencing study of African Americans with adolescent idiopathic scoliosis. She also is the co-PI of a Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics-Underserved Population (RADx-UP) collaborative study with the Special School District of St Louis County to support SARS-CoV-2 testing in underserved and vulnerable communities.


Continuing Professional Education Credit


Up to 1.0 contact hour will be awarded to all participants who view the live sessions in their entirety and complete the evaluation form.

University of Missouri Sinclair School of Nursing is approved as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the Midwest Multistate Division, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Midwest Multistate Division Provider Number MO1022-6


The Office of Continuing Education, School of Medicine, University of Missouri is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. 

The Office of Continuing Education, School of Medicine, University of Missouri designates this live educational activity for a maximum of AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.  Physicians should only claim the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

CONFLICT OF INTEREST: All persons with influence over the content of this program have been asked to disclose relevant financial interests in the last 12 months that might have an impact. John Spertus, MD, is a consultant for Jannsen, Bayer, Myokardia, Merck and Novartis, and receives research support from Abbott Vascular. No other speaker or planning committee member has a relevant financial interest.