Unscrambling the Genetic Mysteries of the Jewish Community
Virtual Program, Sunday, October 17, 2021, 5 p.m.
Did you ever wonder why there are so many Jewish genetic disorders? Do you know why they are mostly found among the Ashkenazi community?
Join us for an inspiring evening as we explore together the mysteries of Jewish genetic disorders and how advances in science have changed what we know about them – from testing and diagnosis to advances in treatment. Guest speakers will include artist, curator and patient advocate Ted Meyer, whose personal experience with Gaucher disease serves as his artistic motivation. Genetic counselor Gary S. Frohlich will offer his wisdom on Jewish genetic diseases, and provide resources on how to get tested.
Gary S. Frohlich, MS, CGC, CareConnectPSS – Patient Education Liaison, Sanofi Genzyme
Gary has been a genetic counselor over 48 years, including over 20 years in Prenatal Genetics where he provided genetic counseling to over 26,000 expectant couples. Today, Gary lectures all over the country on behalf of Sanofi Genzyme and the work they do on rare diseases, including Gaucher. Gary will discuss Our Heritage and our Health – Ashkenazi Jewish Genetics Disease and the Founder Effect.
Ted Meyer – Artist, Curator, and Patient Advocate
Born with Gaucher Disease, Ted’s personal experience with this Jewish disease served as his artistic motivation. Ted helps patients, students and medical professionals see the positive in what life can offer. Ted seeks to improve patient/physician communications and speaks about living as an artist with illness. Ted’s paintings have been shown around the world. Ted was invited to present a TedMed talk in 2016. To learn more about Ted Meyer and view his talk, see A Portrait of the Patient Experience, or go to his website www.tedmeyer.com.