Arcadia University News


January 20, 2012

Corbman '05M Discusses Genetic Testing on CBS Talk Philly

Melanie Corbman ’05M , Adjunct Professor in the Genetic Counseling program, appeared on CBS Talk Philly to speak about genetic testing on Jan. 18. Corbman serves as the alumni representative of the Advisory Board for Arcadia's Genetic Counseling Master's program and is a clinical supervisor. View...

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January 10, 2012

Valverde Instrumental in Passage of Genetic Counseling Licensure Bills

Arcadia University’s Director of the M.S. in Genetic Counseling Kathleen Valverde , along with Rep. Thomas Killion (R-Delaware/Chester), is pleased to announce that the Pennsylvania Senate and House passed the genetic counseling licensure bills on Thursday, Dec. 12. The bill was signed into law by...

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December 16, 2011

Genetic Counseling Program Produces Strong Showing at Annual Education Conference

The Arcadia University Genetic Counseling program had another strong showing at the Annual Education Conference (AEC) for the National Society of Genetic Counselors in San Diego, from Oct. 27-30. More than 1,500 genetic counselors from across the country attended the AEC. Six of the fourteen 2011...

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November 29, 2011

Creating a Collaborative Community: McGee ’05M Mentors Cook and McLarney

When Dawn McGee ’05M , Program Director of the Alpha-1 Association Genetic Counseling Program at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC), needed help creating and assessing educational materials for the Alpha-1 Association, she turned to Arcadia’s Genetic Counseling program. Brittany...

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September 27, 2011

Corbman ’05M Discusses Benefits of Genetic Testing in Finding Cancer on ABC-2

Melanie Corbman ’05M , a Certified Genetic Counselor for Cancer Treatment Centers of America, recently appeared on ABC-2 in Baltimore to discuss how genetic testing is helpful in identifying a person’s risk of developing breast or ovarian cancer. Corbman, who has served as an adjunct instructor for...

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June 9, 2011

Manzo's S.A.F.E. Project Receives Recovery and Resilience Award

The S.A.F.E Project , an organization co-founded by Marie Manzo , a clinical psychologist and Adjunct Professor in Arcadia's Public Health Program, received a 2011 Recovery and Resilience Award from the Montgomery County Mental Health Association on May 25. S.A.F.E. is a domestic violence program...

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May 27, 2011

McGee ’05M Publishes on an Innovative Approach to Genetic Counseling

Dawn McGee ’05M co-authored “The Alpha-1 Association Genetic Counseling Program: An Innovative Approach to Service,” which was recently published in the Journal of Genetic Counseling . The paper discusses the Alpha-1 genetic counseling programs as a model for other rare diseases. “This article was...

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October 22, 2010

Grey: Genetic Counselors 'Unsure,' Guidelines Needed on CHEK2 Mutations

A study identifies "the need for clinical guidelines regarding treatment and testing for carriers of CHEK2 mutations, according to as poster abstract by Becky Grey, Arcadia Univeristy Genetic Counseling student, at the National Society of GeneticCounselors’ (NSGC). Genetic Counselors' Utilization...

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October 22, 2010

Sutcliffe: Lancaster Amish Likely to Benefit from Outreach about Genetic Screening

"Through a founder effect, one in eight Lancaster County Amish carries a genetic mutation for Familial Defective Apolipoprotein B-100, R3527Q, that is rare in the general population. Affected individuals are at increased risk for high LDL cholesterol levels and cardiovascular disease. These...

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October 22, 2010

Zelley: More Awareness Needed of Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia

"The results of this study indicate a need for increased awareness of congenital adrenal hyperplasia (a common genetic disorder which primarily affects sexual development and fertility) among health care providers, patient and parent education regarding the diagnosis of CAH, and a multidisciplinary...

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October 22, 2010

Ahimaz Study: Genetic Counseling Would Benefit Parkinson Disease Caregivers

A study "illustrates the benefits of a healthcare service, such as genetic counseling, that focuses on education, referrals and psychological assessment for both (Parkinson Disease) patient and family caregiver," according to a poster presentation abstract by Priyanka Ahimaz , an Arcadia University...

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October 22, 2010

Leighton: Public May Misinterpret Genetic Test Results for Cancer, Heart Disease

"Direct-to-consumer (DTC) genetic testing allows consumers to discover their risk for developing common complex disorders without involving a medical professional. Consumers may not understand test results, leading to negative consequences including unnecessary concern, false reassurance, or...

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October 22, 2010

Forgeng: Comprehensive Information on Pharmacogenomics Needed

"Last year 353,318 people in the United States alone suffered from adverse drug reactions, of which 106,000 were fatal. Pharmacogenomics utilizes personal genetic information so that medication selection and dosage can be optimized to decrease toxicity and thereby increase treatment efficacy. As...

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October 22, 2010

Rainey: Genetic Counseling May Assist Women with Negative Breast Cancer Test

"Women from families with hereditary breast and ovarian cancer (HBOC) generally receive support services to assist with cancer surveillance and/or risk reduction following the receipt of a positive BRCA1/2 test result. In contrast, women who test negative for the identified family mutation (true...

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October 22, 2010

Seyer Investigates Development of Doctoral Degree in Genetic Counseling

"Discussion of a doctoral degree for the field of genetic counseling first began in the 1980s, just ten years after the inception of the field. Since then, several studies have shown that there is interest in an advanced degree, although all studies have focused specifically on a research oriented...

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October 12, 2010

Philadelphia Business Journal Notes Walbert as New VP of Development

In the upcoming Oct. 14 Philadelphia Business Journal section on People on the Move, Dr. Jan Walbert is mentioned on being named Vice President for University Development at Arcadia University. After 21 years as Dean of Students and Vice President for Student Affairs, Walbert is now focusing on...

October 8, 2010

Valverde Heralds House Passage of Genetic Counseling Licensure

By Sarah R. Schwartz ’10 “This is a very big step for our profession,” says Kathleen Valverde , Director of Arcadia’s M.S. in Genetic Counseling, of the two licensure bills passed by the Pennsylvania House of Representatives on Oct. 5. “The most important benefit of passing licensure is that the...

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October 8, 2010

Chou Named Pennsylvania's Teacher of the Year

Back on April 24 the Times Chronicle reported that Jeffrey Chou, who earned his Master of Education in 2002 was named one of 12 finalists for Pennsylvania’s Teacher of the Year. We also published this news in the April 27 Bulletin. On Oct. 5 as reported in the Philadelphia Inquirer “Jeffrey Chou,...

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September 21, 2010

Gustavson Speaks About 5th Graders Transitioning to Middle School

Leif Gustavson , Chair and Professor of Education, was quoted in an AP story on fifth-graders transitioning to middle school. Who better to speak on this subject but Leif Gustavson, a former middle school teacher and the father of a middle school student. As reported on Sept. 13 by AP reporter Beth...

May 18, 2010

Rep. Schwartz To Be Awarded Honorary Doctor of Laws

U.S. Rep Allyson Y. Schwartz will be awarded an Honorary Doctor of Laws at the Arcadia University Graduate Commencement at 4 p.m. on Thursday, May 20. Schwartz is serving her third term representing Pennsylvania’s 13th Congressional District, which includes Northeast Philadelphia and some northern...