DNA Day! 

Alix D’Angelo (Department of Genetics) 

Every April 25th, DNA day is celebrated to commemorate the completion of the Human Genome Project, which significantly advanced the world’s understanding of genomics. The National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) organizes events and educational resources for DNA day (https://www.genome.gov/10506367/national-dna-day/) each year.  

For its 15th anniversary, LSU Health’s genetic counselor, Alix D’Angelo, put together a booth in the University Medical Center cafeteria to raise awareness of the role of genetics in common disorders. During the lunch hour, healthcare providers, staff, patients and their family members stopped by the booth to learn more about hereditary cancer and cardiovascular conditions, such as Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer syndrome, Lynch syndrome and familial hypercholesterolemia. They discussed features of these disorders, including young age of onset, and that accurate family history information is an invaluable tool in assessing an individual’s risk of a hereditary cancer or cardiovascular condition.  

For additional information or questions, you can contact Alix D’Angelo at (504) 568-2668 or adange@lsuhsc.edu.