Come to The Score

I’ve been hired by Genome Prairie (“an organization interested in exploring the ethical, economic, environmental, social and legal implications of genomics research”) to host a public forum following a special screening of the movie The Score at the Kramer IMAX Theatre here in Regina on Monday, March 27, from 6:30 to 9 p.m.

The Score, a Vancouver International Film Festival Best 10 Selection, is described as “a ground-breaking musical drama (that) tells the story of a scientist whose own genetic history threatens her career, her lab and her life.”

From the film’s media kit:

Dr. Lynn Magnusson is a brilliant geneticist racing to isolate a cancer-causing gene. All that’s standing in her way is competition from a well funded French lab, a ticking biological clock that leads to a risky office romance, and her own fears that she might carry the same Huntington’s gene that killed her mother. Based on the award-winning play by Electric Company Theatre, The Score explores the human elements and revolutionary implications of the rapidly advancing world of genetics and uses humour, music and dance to transform scientific ideas into universal themes of identity, freedom and creation.

The public forum that follows will feature “discussion on the rapidly advancing world of genomics research with panelists representing health research, bioethics, and patient interests.”

And here are the panelists:

Dr. Keith Bonham, Senior Scientist, Saskatoon Cancer Centre

Keith Bonham was born in the UK and completed his B.Sc. in Biochemistry at the University of Salford before moving to Canada to carry our PhD work in Calgary. For the last 13 years he has been based at the Cancer Research Unit at the Saskatoon Cancer Center. Dr. Bonham is a Senior Scientist with the Saskatchewan Cancer Agency and a Clinical Professor in the Division of Oncology, College of Medicine, University of Saskatchewan. Dr. Bonham’s current research interests include the regulation of a family of genes involved in colon and breast cancer cancer and the mechanism of action of a new class of anti-cancer drugs. When not working Keith can usually be found on a soccer field either watching, playing or coaching.

Susan Creighton, Genetic Counsellor

Susan Creighton is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of British Columbia, and a Genetic Counsellor in the Provincial Medical Genetics Program at UBC and Children’s and Women’s Hospitals.

Susan has been a Genetic Counsellor in Vancouver since 1983. She runs the Predictive Testing Program for Huntington Disease and since 1998, and has seen and counselled all individuals in BC who wish to embark on this process. She is a consulting Genetic Counsellor to the Huntington Medical Clinic at UBC. She also provides genetic counselling for individuals and families impacted by other genetic issues or concerns through the Provincial Medical Genetics Program, and teaches and supervises graduate students at UBC. In addition to Huntington Disease, Susan’s research interests include autism and the muscular dystrophies.

Dr. Pammla Petrucka, College of Nursing, University of Saskatchewan

Dr. Pammla Petrucka holds a PhD in nursing from the University of Alberta, a CIHR post-doctoral fellowship in Aboriginal health policy with the Indigenous Peoples Health Research Centre, and a research associate appointment with the Centre for Knowledge Transfer. She teaches research methods courses at the University of Saskatchewan. Her research interests included Aboriginal and rural peoples, ethics in research with vulnerable populations, health policy, and community based research. Her research efforts have included work with CIDA in the Commonwealth of Dominica, as well as an IDRC initiative involving the use of technology by nurses in Barbados, Commonwealth of Dominica, Dominican Republic, and St. Kitts. She liaises with government officials (in the many of the Eastern Caribbean island states as well as Kenya. In addition, Dr. Petrucka continues to participate in community based research activities with Aboriginal populations in Canada and Dominica; outcomes evaluation with respect to harm reduction in forensic populations (incarcerates); and works in an intersectoral capacity building initiatives at a small clinic in Kenya with respect to Anti-retroviral therapies and infant development.

Theresa Robertson, Director, Huntington’s Disease Resource Centre, SK

Theresa Robertson is a registered social worker working in the health care arena for the past 16 years. Since January 2006 she has been the social worker for the province of Saskatchewan for the Society for Huntington ‘s Disease. The Huntington’s Disease Society is a national organization dedicated to providing counselling and support to individuals and families coping with this fatal disease.

The event is free, but Genome Prairie recommends you RSVP if you’re planning to attend with a group of 10 or more.

More information is available by emailing or calling (306) 668-3570.

See you there!

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