G3C Project Team

This project has been led by Kathleen Calzone, PhD, RN, AGN-BC, FAAN and Jean Jenkins, PhD, RN, FAAN, working together to further nursing competency in genetics and genomics since 1995. They co-chaired the effort to develop the Essentials of Genetic and Genomic Nursing (2006, 2009), which define the minimum genetic/genomic competency expected of every registered nurse regardless of their academic preparation, clinical role or specialty. This curriculum resource project was a key recommendation that arose from the 2006 Essential Competency Strategic Planning Meeting.

Kathleen Calzone, PhD, RN, AGN-BC, FAAN, a national leader in nursing genetics/genomics and a Research Geneticist at the National Cancer Institute is the Director for this project. Dr. Calzone is one of about 50 nurses nationally who have been credentialed by portfolio by the Genetic Nursing Credentialing commission as an Advanced Practice nurse in Genetics. She is nationally known for her work in nursing genetics/genomics competencies and has vast experience in research studies and publication of results. Dr. Calzone has a sustained body of work in the translation of genetic/genomic technology into practice and genetic/genomic nursing education.

Jean Jenkins, PhD, RN, FAAN is a retired Clinical Advisor at the National Human Genome Research Institute in the Genomic Healthcare Branch and is the Co-Director on this project. Dr Jenkins is nationally known for her experience using stories for the purposes of nursing education. Her book, Nursing Care in the Genomic Era: A Case Based Approach (2005) utilizes real stories as an educational strategy. She coordinated the development and consensus of the National Coalition for Health Professional Education in Genetics (NCHPEG) competencies and with Dr. Calzone the Essential Nursing Competencies and Curricula Guidelines for Genetics and Genomics (2006; 2009).

Donna Messersmith, PhD is a Health Policy Analyst in the Genomic Healthcare Branch of the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) at the National Institutes of Health. She coordinates the development of healthcare professional genomics education activities and resources for NHGRI. As a biomedical education specialist, Dr. Messersmith has created, taught, and supported a broad range of educational resources and initiatives for the NIH and other institutions.

Grace-Ann Fasaye, ScM, CGC is a Genetic Counselor at the Genetics Branch of the Center for Cancer Research at the National Cancer Institute (NCI). Ms. Fasaye has over 15 years of experience providing personalized genetic counseling services to patients with adult onset conditions in both clinical and research settings. Throughout her career, Ms. Fasaye has been dedicated to providing education and guidance about genomics and the evolving practice of genetic counseling to graduate students, health care professionals and patients by presenting at community, academic, and medical events.

Yi Liu, BA is a Post- Baccalaureate Research Fellow at the National Cancer Institute and NIH Academy Enrichment Program Scholar. Ms. Liu has worked on research projects related to cancer vaccine and type I diabetes. She is also a health promotor in the Asian American Health Initiative, which provides health education to community members in Chinese and English. Ms. Liu is an aspiring genetic counselor, who is interested in genomics education in the public and healthcare provider community. G3C is the main project that Ms. Liu worked on at her fellowship at the National Institutes of Health.

d’Vinci Interactive, Inc. was responsible for the design and development of the latest version of the G3C website and interactive case studies. Since 1994, d’Vinci has developed top-quality web and eLearning applications for a national client base. d’Vinci has also provided its expertise for several other National Institutes of Health projects including: The Talking Glossary of Genetic Terms, The Genomic Careers website, The Genetics/Genomics Competency Center website (G2C2), The Protecting Human Research Participants (PHRP) Course, as well as other courses for the National Institutes of Health.

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