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Genealogy, Genes and Health

  • Canton Branch Library 1030 South Ellwood Avenue Baltimore, MD, 21224 United States (map)

The connection of genealogy and health is sitting in the branches of your family tree.  Listen to what your ancestry is telling you.  Learn what you can do to work with your genetic tendencies.

This interactive program is presented by Joann N. Bodurtha, M.D., M.P.H., Professor of Genetics, Pediatrics, and Oncology at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.  Joann has worked with children and families with genetic conditions, special health care needs, and genetic risk concerns for more than 30 years.  She co-directs NYMAC, a regional genetics network and Genetics for the Greater Good, an inter-generational Baltimore community initiative to foster understanding of family health history.  She received the Genetic Alliance Art of Listening Award in 2008 and the Association of University Centers on Disabilities professional achievement award in 2009.  She has authored more than 150 papers and book chapters, received grant funding from the National Institutes of Health, Maternal Child Health Bureau, the Centers for Disease Control, March of Dimes, and other organizations, and mentored over two hundred graduate trainees.  She enjoys living in Fells Point with her husband and appreciates the diversity and history in Baltimore. She began her working career as an assistant student librarian in Ridgefield CT and is a member of 3 book clubs.

For the genealogists out there, what is the country of origin of her last name? 

Earlier Event: August 5
Ice Cream Social
Later Event: December 2
Children's Book Drive