Precision Genomics Midwest is set for May 11, 2018, at Cincinnati Children's. 

Save the Date for 2018 Conference 

The next Precision Genomics Midwest is set for May 11, 2018, at the Kingsgate Marriott on the University of Cincinnati campus. Cosponsored by Cincinnati Children’s and the University of Cincinnati, PGM features talks by renowned genomic researchers, clinicians and thought leaders, along with a vendor fair. It is the first Midwest regional conference focused exclusively on genomic research, translation and ethics.

*Note: The morning keynote is full, but by registering, you can watch by videofeed in a nearby room. We will let you know if space opens.

Speakers Scheduled for Precision Genomics Midwest ’18

  • Morning Keynote: Dan Kastner, MD, PhD, scientific director, National Human Genome Research Institute 
  • Afternoon Keynote: Michael Murray, MD, director of clinical genomics, Geisinger Health  
  • Dana Crawford, PhD, assistant director for population and diversity research, Case Western Reserve University 
  • Shuk-Mei Ho, PhD, director of the Cincinnati Cancer Center, University of Cincinnati 
  • Peter Jones, PhD, director of the Center for Epigenetics, Van Andel Institute 
  • Ivan Marazzi, PhD, assistant professor of microbiology, Icahn School of Medicine, Mount Sinai 
  • Laura Ramsey, PhD, assistant professor, Genetic Pharmacology Service, Cincinnati Children’s 
  • Amr Sawalha, MD, professor of internal medicine and rheumatology, University of Michigan Medical School. 
  • Liz Worthey, PhD, faculty investigator, software development and informatics, HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology

What We Did in 2017

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8:30 am

Deciphering the Genome through Community-Driven Approaches

Heidi Rehm, PhD, FACMG
Chief Laboratory Director, Laboratory for Molecular Medicine, Partners Healthcare Personalized Medicine
Medical Director, Broad Institute Clinical Research Sequencing Platform
Associate Professor, Pathology, Harvard Medical School


Genomic Views of Gene Regulation in Health & Disease

Len Pennacchio, PhD

Senior Staff Scientist & Deputy Director, Joint Genome Institute, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

9:45 am - 11:30 am

Single-Cell RNA-Seq in Translation

Session Moderator: Nathan Salomonis, PhD - Biomedical Informatics, Cincinnati Children's

  • David Muench, PhD-candidate - Molecular & Developmental Biology, Cincinnati Children's
  • Jeffrey Whitsett, MD - Co-director, Perinatal Institute, Cincinnati Children's
  • Keji Zhao, PhD - Senior Investigator, Laboratory of Epigenome Biology - National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute

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Genomics in the Clinic

Session Moderator: Brian Dawson, PhD - Director, Clinical Laboratories, Human Genetics, Cincinnati Children's



2:15 pm - 4:00 pm

Translational Genomic Research

Session Moderator: Senthilkumar Sadhasivam, MD - Cincinnati Children's

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Ethical, Legal & Social Implications of Genomics

Session Moderator: Michelle McGowan, PhD - Ethics Center, Cincinnati Children's

  • Kyle Brothers, MD, PhD - Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Institute for Bioethics, Health Policy and Law, University of Louisville
  • Aaron Goldenberg, PhD, MPH - Director of Research/Associate Professor, Department of Bioethics, Case Western Reserve University
  • Jennifer Wagner, JD, PhD - Associate Director of Bioethics Research, Geisinger Health System

The Process of Technology Commercialization From Four Perspectives: Academia/Research; Industry; Entrepreneurial; and Venture Capital


Amber Begtrup, PhD, is a board-certified clinical molecular geneticist and Senior Clinical Scientist at the genetic testing company GeneDX. In her career, Dr. Begtrup has explored the molecular basis of disease. Her current interest include candidate disease gene discovery and disorders related to immune system dysfunction.

Josh Nickols, PhD, MBA, is an Executive-in-Residence with the seed stage venture fund at CincyTech. He is responsible for interfacing with portfolio companies, evaluating technology, and identifying new life science opportunities. Prior to CincyTech, Dr. Nickols was founder and CEO of InvisionHeart Inc., acquired in 2017 by Nuline Telemetry Holdings.

John Rice, Director of Life Sciences at CincyTech, has 27 years of venture investing and 13 years of research and R&D management experience in biomedical science. He is a published scientist and inventor. Rice has been cofounder and managing partner of Triathlon Medical Ventures; a managing director of Senmed Medical Ventures; and involved in research and business development with Battelle Memorial Institute.

Andrew Wooten, MS, MTM, is Vice President of Cincinnati Children's Center for Center for Technology Commercialization, where he has the responsibility for the development and commercialization of all Cincinnati Children's intellectual property, including faculty engagement, research partnerships, licensing, and new ventures. Wooten was the founding executive director of Baylor College of Medicine's Innovation Development Center.

Silver Lunch Sponsor

  • Fuse by Cardinal Health

Bronze Break Sponsor

  • Frost Brown Todd LLC


  • Advanced Cell Diagnostics
  • FDNA
  • Foundation Medicine
  • GeneDX
  • GeneSight
  • Illumina
  • Medpace
  • PerkinElmer
  • Thermo Fisher Scientific
  • Wuxi NextCODE

General Conference Info

For general questions about the conference, contact Heide Aungst at or 513-636-8609.

Hotel Information

For hotel reservations, call 888-720-1299 or go to our page on the Marriott website and use the code PGMPGMA. Conference rate is available on rooms booked by April 19, 2018.

Accredited CME

Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The conference has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.