Explore the Latest in Carrier Screening with Counsyl at the 2017 ACOG Annual Clinical and Scientific Meeting

a DNA testing and genetic counseling service, invites women’s health
providers to learn more about evolving guidelines and exciting new
developments in genetic carrier screening at booth #1223 at the 2017
American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) Annual
Clinical and Scientific Meeting.

At the meeting Counsyl will discuss upgrades to our flagship carrier
screening product, the Family Prep Screen, to further improve our
industry-leading at-risk couple detection rate for serious conditions to
2.4 percent, which reflects a 16 percent increase over the prior
detection rate. Counsyl’s Family Prep Screen includes a panel design
that maximizes coverage for the most prevalent serious genetic
disorders, with unmatched detection rates greater than 99 percent for
the vast majority of genes on the panel.

In 2017, ACOG has issued three new committee opinions relevant to
Counsyl’s business and the providers and patients we serve. In March
2017, ACOG issued guidance
recognizing expanded carrier screening (ECS) as an acceptable strategy
for prepregnancy and prenatal carrier screening for patients. The
pioneer and US market leader in expanded carrier screening, Counsyl,
published the largest, most diverse expanded carrier
screening study
to date in the Journal of the American Medical
, supporting the clinical value of ECS.

In April 2017, ACOG also issued new guidance for pretest and posttest
counseling and communication
of genetic test results
. Since 2009, Counsyl has supported
physicians with a comprehensive suite of services, created to streamline
workflow and allow providers to seamlessly incorporate genetic testing
into practice. These services include patient education tools and
transparent reporting to facilitate pretest and posttest counseling,
automated results delivery to ensure the timely disclosure of test
results, and on-demand genetic counseling to ensure that patients
understand the meaning of their results. Designed to put more time back
into the day of the busy practitioner, Counsyl’s service platform
facilitates the integration of DNA screening into clinics efficiently,
so providers can stay focused on patient care.

“Counsyl strongly supports the new guidance on carrier screening, as
well as, counseling and the communication of test results from ACOG,”
said James Goldberg, MD, chief medical officer at Counsyl. “At this
year’s meeting, we’ll provide key guidance and resources for physicians
seeking to interpret and implement these guidelines.”

On Sunday, May 7, Counsyl will host a product theater designed to answer
questions about how new carrier screening guidelines can impact
day-to-day clinical practice (5:15 – 6:30pm, Room 14AB, San Diego
Convention Center). The session, entitled “Evolving Guidelines in
Carrier Screening: Adopting an Expanded Approach,” will feature Lee. P.
Shulman, MD, FACOG, FACMG, Anna Ross Lapham professor in OB/GYN and
chief of clinical genetics, Northwestern University Feinberg School of
Medicine, and Jamie Kostialik, MS, CGC, medical science liaison,
Counsyl. Together, they will cover:

  • Evidence supporting the clinical utility of ECS
  • Considerations in carrier screening panel design
  • Technology that maximizes detection of at-risk couples
  • Strategies for incorporating ECS into routine patient care

Counsyl will also host award-winning journalist and author, Bonnie
Rochman, who will be signing and giving away complimentary copies of her
new book, The Gene Machine: How Genetic Technologies Are Changing the
Way We Have Kids – and the Kids We Have
in the Counsyl booth between
10:00am – 12:30pm and 2:00pm – 4:00pm on May 7 and 8.

About Counsyl

Counsyl provides a DNA testing and genetic counseling service. We’re
committed to helping patients understand their DNA and how this
knowledge can inform important health decisions. Whether it’s starting a
family or evaluating risk for cancer, Counsyl’s DNA tests provide
patients with early awareness about genetic conditions, so they can live
informed and prepare for the future. Counsyl has screened more than
750,000 patients and served more than 10,000 healthcare professionals.
For more information, visit www.counsyl.com.
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Donelle M. Gregory