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Special Lectures

USC School of Medicine, Arnold School of Public Health and College of Arts & Sciences hosts annual lectures and learning opportunities that complement genetic counselor education. We take advantage of interprofessional education throughout our university and among regional genetic centers. 


Amelia Craver

Amelia Craver Special Lecture

Thanks to the leadership and generosity of Amelia Craver, Genetic Counseling Class of 1988, the USC Genetic Counseling Program launched a special Challenge Grant Campaign in 2013. Amelia contributed $25,000 to match dollar-for-dollar donations received from alumni and friends of the Genetic Counseling Program and donations from local, statewide and national organizations. The 2013 Challenge Grant stimulated over $75,000 in contributions and created the official Genetic Counseling Endowment. 

As a tribute to her vision for the future, the program has created the Amelia Craver Special Lecture in Genetic Counseling. Each year, our students, faculty and friends of the program will benefit from a special speaker to broaden our perspectives on genetic counseling. 


Tony Gregg

Anthony Gregg, MD, MBA, FACOG, FACMG

Dr. Anthony Gregg is board certified in both maternal fetal medicine and medical genetics and genomics, uniquely qualifying him to care for high-risk pregnancies due to maternal or fetal complications. Dr. Gregg has served in leadership positions within maternal fetal medicine across several university medical centers, currently serving as the Chair of the Department of OBGYN and the Chief of MFM at Baylor University Medical Center. Prior appointments include the University of Florida College of Medicine, the University of South Carolina School of Medicine and Baylor College of Medicine at Houston.  

Dr. Gregg’s principal research interests relate to high-risk obstetrics. He participated as an investigator on numerous clinical trials and was supported by the NIH to evaluate a mouse model of hypertension in pregnancy during his time as an associate professor with the University of South Carolina from 2004–2011. He has also served as a reviewer on multiple special emphasis panels for the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), including five years as chair of the advisory board for the institute’s Genomics and Proteomics Network for Preterm Birth Research. Prior to Dr. Gregg’s presidency, he served on several committees of the ACMG Board of Directors and ACMG Foundation Board, participated on several practice guideline work groups and served as liaison between ACMG and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, a post he has held since 2013. In 2017, Dr. Gregg was invited before Congress to give expert briefing on advances in prenatal genetic screening on behalf of ACMG. His earlier involvement with ACMG includes serving on the Board of Directors from 2009–2015, as Clinical Vice President from 2013–2015 and as a member of the Practice Guidelines Committee from 2013–2015. 

Genetic or Genomic Counseling? The Opportunities and Challenges of Empowering Patients in the Era of Genome Sequencing

Yvonne Bombard, PhD, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute of St. Michael's Hospital

The Yin and Yang of Cancer Genetics
1) Pediatric Cancer Predisposition in the Genomics Era
2) Biallelic Mismatch Repair Deficiency Syndrome: Exploiting Hypermutations to Save Lives

Uri Tabori, MD, University of Toronto Hospital for Sick Children

Cell Free DNA Technology in Real Time Tumor Genomics

Rebecca J. Nagy, MS, CGC, Guardant Health

A Transnational Perspective: From Carrier Screening to PGD in Israel

Michal Sagi, PhD, Haddasah University Medical Center Jerusalem

Thomas Caskey

The Caskey Lecture

Dr. Caskey established the Baylor College of Medicine Human Genetics Laboratory where he serves as a faculty member today. He also was former CEO of The Brown Foundation Institute of Molecular Medicine and served as President of the Merck Genome Research Institute. Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Medical Genetics, and Molecular Genetics. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, Health and Medicine Division, and was past President of the American Society of Human Genetics & Human Genome Organization. His genetic research identified the genetic basis of 25 major inheritable diseases and clarified the understanding of “anticipation” in triplet repeat diseases.

A special friend of the Genetic Counseling Program, Caskey invests in the greater USC community with his annual Caskey Lecture, hosted by the College of Arts and Sciences, where he did his undergraduate work. Caskey personally selects a clinician researcher to visit campus, delivering genomics education at the very edge of discovery. Genetic counseling students and faculty participate in the Caskey Lecture annually.

Learn more about the Caskey Lecture.

Greenwood Genetics

SC Genetics Conclave

South Carolina has enjoyed over 30 years of collaboration among the regional genetic centers serving patients throughout our state. The states genetic professionals come together on a regular basis for collaboration and learning at the SC Genetics Conclave, hosted annually by the Greenwood Genetic Center

Learn more about the SC Genetics Conclave.


James E. Clyburn Health Disparities Lecture

The James E. Clyburn Health Disparities Lecture Series was created to honor Congressman James E. Clyburn for his support and partnership in reducing and eliminating health disparities. This prestigious lecture series is hosted by the Arnold School’s Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and Department of Health Services Policy and Management, along with the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control’s Office of Health Equity and the USC Office of Civil Rights History and Research. 

Learn more about the James E. Clyburn Health Disparities Lecture. 


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