JScreen co-founder will discuss genetic disease testing

Karen Grinzaid
Karen Grinzaid

Karen A. Grinzaid, MS, CGC, CCRC, senior director and co-founder of JScreen, will present “Knowledge is Power: Impacting the Health of Future Generations” at a Tucson Maimonides Society dinner on Nov. 12 at the La Paloma Country Club. The Maimonides Society is a fellowship of doctors dedicated to education and philanthropic activities under the auspices of the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona.

JScreen, a nonprofit initiative, seeks to improve access to affordable genetic screening by providing easy, at-home saliva-based testing for over 100 genetic diseases. Based out of Emory University’s School of Medicine, where Grinzaid is an instructor in the department of human genetics, JScreen says one in four people are carriers for a preventable genetic disease, even though they may have no symptoms or family history. Kits may be ordered at JScreen.org for $99. JScreen provides follow-up counseling from licensed genetic counselors.

The dinner, which will start at 6:30 p.m., is $50 per person, $25 for interns and medical residents and free for medical students. Reservations are required by Nov. 9 to Karen Graham at 577-9393, ext. 118 or kgraham @jfsa.org.