HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - HudsonAlpha hosted its annual Genomic Medicine Conference Aug. 8-10 at its Huntsville campus.
"What this conference is going to highlight is all of the progress we've made in helping these individuals find diagnoses and some of the research activities that go on behind that," Chief Medical Officer David Bick told WHNT News 19.
The institute opened this year's conference not only for medical and science professionals but also for patients with rare diseases and the general public.
Certified Genetic Counselor Kelly East said the benefit of various backgrounds is to foster an interest in the field as well as showcase new findings from the institute.
"It's going to be a really interesting and engaging couple of days where you have a really nice cross-section of individuals that are here for a common interest and a common interest of genomics but of really different backgrounds," East told WHNT News 19.
The conference also gave people with rare undiagnosed diseases the chance to be sequenced and learn about their own genomes, according to the conference website.
About 150 people attended this week's conference.