To do or not to do a genetic test: that is the question.

What can DNA testing tell us about our heritage, and how can test results guide family history research? Joann N. Bodurtha, M.D., M.P.H., Professor of Human and Molecular Genetics, Pediatrics, Obstetrics-Gynecology, and Epidemiology and Community Health at Virginia Commonwealth University, will begin to answer these questions at GRIVA’s April program.

Dr. Bodurtha has worked with children and families with genetic conditions and special health care needs for more than 25 years. She directs the Interdisciplinary Leadership Program in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities at Virginia Commonwealth University, co-directs the Building Interdisciplinary Careers in Women’s Health Research program and is medical director of the genetic counseling program. She received the Genetic Alliance Art of Listening Award in 2008 and the Association of University Centers on Disabilities professional achievement award in 2009. She has authored more than 100 papers and book chapters, received grant funding from the National Institutes of Heath, Maternal Child Health Bureau, the Centers for Disease Control, March of Dimes, and other organizations, and mentored over one hundred graduate trainees.

Join us on April 26 at 7:45 p.m. at the Bon Air Presbyterian Church, 9201 West Huguenot Road, Richmond, Virginia. There will be a short GRIVA meeting before the program with refreshments and social time afterwards. Our meetings are free to the public and visitors are welcome.