Join us every Tuesday for a few hours of mind and body enrichment, including a NIA for Parkinson’s fitness class, open game room and an amazing line-up of inspiring guest speakers. On Tues., Jan. 14 we’re proud to welcome Sarah Goldberg, MS, and Becca Bakal, MPH, from the Norton & Elaine Sarnoff Center for Jewish Genetics discussing What’s Newish in Jewish Genetics?.
In the 1970s, community carrier screening programs for Tay-Sachs disease were a first step in managing Jewish genetic health risk. Those programs dramatically reduced the number of children born with Tay-Sachs disease, and also provided a blueprint for additional screening efforts. How has screening for Jewish genetic disorders advanced since that time? Genetic technologies continue to reveal more information about Jewish genetic health risks, including recessive genetic disorders like Tay-Sachs disease and hereditary cancers like those caused by BRCA mutations. Sarah and Becca will speak about how genetic technologies are shaping the Jewish community, from screenings to beat Tay-Sachs to shielding ourselves from cancer. FREE and open to all.
Support for this program has been graciously provided by The Albert and Lucille Delighter and Marcella Winston Foundation, a Supporting Foundation of the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago.