Icepick surgeon, violinist’s thumb: Tales from genetics

Genomic medicine symposium brings in national experts for 10-year anniversary

Two men in business suits stand facing each other talking at the Sanford Health Genetics Symposium.

The 10th Annual Sanford Imagenetics Genomic Medicine Symposium, to be held Sept. 9-10 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, will bring together national experts to discuss advances in precision medicine.

“It’s a great lineup and I’m looking forward to it,” said Gene Hoyme, M.D., chair of the symposium planning committee and senior advisor for Sanford Imagenetics. “It’s an appropriate 10-year anniversary by bringing really fabulous, nationally known people and highlighting Sanford’s role nationally in genetics.”

The symposium is open to anyone who would like to attend, including health care workers and community members.

“This is really one of our major educational efforts for our staff, for the community,” Dr. Hoyme said. “We invite anyone to attend.”

Register now: 10th Annual Sanford Imagenetics Genomic Medicine Symposium

Thursday night will feature a community lecture from Sam Kean, an award-winning science author and Sioux Falls native, called “The Icepick Surgeon – Murder, Fraud, Sabotage, Piracy, and Other Dastardly Deeds Perpetrated in the Name of Science.”

Liz Wheeler, senior director of operations for Sanford Imagenetics, said the Kean lecture will be a great option for anyone who’s interested in learning more about genetics.

“The event with Sam Kean is going to be something that is interesting to anybody, whether they’re a health care provider or a community member,” Wheeler said.

Friday’s events will include presentations and panel discussions. The panel discussions offer another way for the audience to engage in the topics, Wheeler said.

How to attend

Due to social distancing concerns, seating at the venue will be limited. Those who have yet to register are encouraged to attend virtually via Webex. “The hybrid format allows people that aren’t in the Sioux Falls area to attend,” Wheeler said.

Those interested can purchase tickets online. General admission costs $50 for the public or $25 for Sanford employees. Sanford Health employees can also gain medical education credits by attending the event.

Students can attend the event for free.

Sanford Health requires masking in its locations. Anyone shown without a mask was either recorded prior to COVID-19 or recorded in a nonpatient care area where social distancing and other safety protocols were followed.

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