April 10, 2017

Should healthy people have their genome sequenced?

By Sharon Rosen

Keynote speaker for the 2017 Individualizing Medicine Conference poses questions to consider when seeking precision medicine 


Dr. Robert Green

Genetic testing has become faster, more affordable and more accessible. So even if you are healthy, should you consider having your genome sequenced to learn about your risk for disease? Do you have a family history of heart disease or cancer that could impact you?

Robert Green, M.D., M.P.H., a medical geneticist, physician-scientist and director of the Genome2People Research Program, and his research team are asking these questions to determine how genomic testing can be used to promote health, prevent and manage disease and reduce healthcare costs. As a leading expert in precision medicine, Dr. Green’s work has been featured in the NBC Nightly News, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Time Magazine, and New Scientist.

Mayo Clinic Center for Individualized Medicine is excited to welcome Dr. Green as a keynote speaker to share his compelling research at this year’s Individualizing Medicine Conference on Oct. 9-10 in Rochester, Minnesota.

Dr. Green will discuss his research team’s investigation of the medical, behavioral and economic implications of genomic testing in his keynote address, “Empirical Data on the Path to Genomic Medicine.” His research activities include:

  • Leading the first randomized trials of clinical genome sequencing in adults (the MedSeq Project) and newborns (the BabySeq Project),
  • Co-directing the PGEN Study, one of the first prospective studies of direct-to-consumer genetic testing services.
  • Heading the first research project on clinical sequencing of personnel in the US Armed Forces.

Dr. Green is associate professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, and associate physician and geneticist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the Broad Institute.

He has published over 300 scientific papers and has had a long affiliation with National Institutes of Health, which has funded his work for more than 26 years. In 2014, Dr. Green received the Coriell Prize for Scientific Achievement in Personalized Medicine. He has also forged research collaborations with Genomics England, Illumina, 23andMe and Google.


Attend 2017 Individualizing Medicine Conference

Hear Dr. Green and other world-renowned experts discuss the latest research in precision medicine and how it can be applied to improve treatments for many conditions at Individualizing Medicine 2017: Advancing Care Through Genomics.

The Mayo Clinic Center for Individualized Medicine, is hosting the sixth annual genomics conference, October 9–10, in Rochester, Minnesota.


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