Mondays at 8-9pm ET starting Jan 22
Intermediate/Advanced LevelBlended Course
Opens on Dec 04, 2023
This course navigates through the fundamental concepts of cell and molecular biology and human genetics with an emphasis on the genetic underpinning of hearing loss. The curriculum introduces the molecular structure and function of genes and genomes, covering topics such as chromosomal structure, DNA/RNA varieties, and mitosis and meiosis. It further delves into human molecular genetics, including inheritance patterns, genetic variations, and molecular pathology. Lastly, the course explores approaches and technologies pivotal for advancing foundational knowledge like novel gene discovery, alongside their practical applications in clinical settings for genetic testing.
This course delves into the genetic basis of hearing loss with a particular focus on pediatric populations. It provides an exhaustive overview of syndromic and non-syndromic hearing loss. It further explores the complexities surrounding the genomic and mutational landscapes of auditory dysfunction and emphasizes the importance of precise genetic variant interpretation. It discusses the frontiers of genetic intervention in hearing disorders covering aspects of precision medicine, genetic counseling, and emerging genetic therapies and their direct impacts on hearing loss management. The course aims to equip audiologists and other healthcare providers with the requisite knowledge to integrate genetic insights into clinical practice, ensuring a multidisciplinary approach to hearing loss assessment and intervention in children.
Dr. Hela Azaiez is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology at the University of Iowa, where she specializes in the molecular genetics and genomics of hearing loss. She began her academic journey at the University of Sfax, Tunisia, receiving a Master of Science in Biological Engineering, followed by a Ph.D. in Human Molecular Genetics through a collaboration with the University of Iowa. Following her postdoctoral fellowship at the Molecular Otolaryngology and Renal Research Laboratories (MORL) in Iowa, Dr. Azaiez joined the Pasteur Institute of Tunis as an Assistant Professor, focusing on the genetic spectrum of orphan diseases within the Tunisian population. Dr. Azaiez current research focuses on defining the genomic and mutational landscapes of hearing loss and aims to decode the complicated interplay of genetic variants that contribute to hearing loss, improving the identification and clinical correlation of these variants. Dr. Azaiez co-founded and oversees the Deafness Variation Database, a comprehensive public repository of variants associated with hearing loss. As a member of several ClinGen committees and the Lancet Commission on Hearing Loss, Dr. Azaiez contributes to the development of guidelines for clinical genetic testing for hearing loss. Her work has advanced our understanding of the genetics of hearing loss, and catalyzed progress in Precision Medicine in this field.Financial Disclosures: Dr. Azaiez receives compensation from University of Iowa as Assistant Professor. She also receives compensation from Hearing First to teach this course.Non-financial disclosures: Dr. Azaiez is an associate editor for Frontiers in Audiology and Otology, academic editor for PLOS ONE, and on the editorial board for Otology and Neurotology. She is a committee member for The American Society of Human Genetics, and the Association for Research in Otolaryngology. She is a member of The Lancet Commission on Hearing Loss, the ClinGen Hearing Loss Gene and variant curation expert panels, The Hearing Loss Clinical Domain Working Group, and the Alport Syndrome expert panel.
Dr. Kevin TA Booth is currently a Laboratory Genetics and Genomics Fellow in the Department of Medical and Molecular Genetics at Indiana University School of Medicine. He received a B.A. in Chemistry and a Ph.D. in Molecular Medicine from the University of Iowa. His doctoral research focused on unraveling the genetic complexities of hereditary hearing loss. Dr. Booth then pursued a post-doctoral fellowship at the Neurobiology department at Harvard Medical School working on developing novel approaches for gene therapy for hearing loss. Dr. Booth’s current work centers around improving our understanding of inherited disease through genetics and translating these insights into clinical applications.Financial Disclosures: Dr. Booth receives compensation from Indiana University School of Medicine as Laboratory Genetics and Genomics Fellow. He also receives compensation from Hearing First to teach this course.Non-financial disclosures: Dr. Booth is on the Editorial Board for Human Genetics, Frontiers in Genetics, International Journal of Molecular Sciences as well as Senior Editor for Annals of Human Genetics. He is also a member and serves on committees for of Association for Research in Otolaryngology, and The American Society of Human Genetics. He is a member of the ClinGen Hearing Loss Gene and variant curation expert panels and the Hearing Loss Clinical Domain Working Group.
Learners who request CE credits but do not complete all course requirements will receive an email communication at the end of the course. No partial credit will be awarded.
To get the most from your learning you'll need:
a digital device such as a laptop or tablet with audio
a strong Internet connection with bandwidth minimum of 512 Kbps
to download the Adobe Connect app (more details here).
to check your browser settings (more details here).
All assignments are tracked and learners can confirm completion on the homepage of the
course. It is the learner’s responsibility to ensure that assignments are tracked appropriately. Please note - all videos are captioned and transcripts are
available. If you have issues with video tracking, please review the following tips in our FAQ section.
Live interactive sessions are held on Adobe Connect, our virtual classroom where you’ll engage with a facilitator. Live sessions are captioned in real-time
and recordings are available for review following the session.
Participate in the full live session each week in Adobe Connect. The link will be available on the course homepage on the day of each session.
Use a tablet, desktop or laptop computer, not your mobile device.
Test your connection and sign in early. The Adobe Connect room opens 20 minutes before the live session starts.
Use the chat feature. If you have connectivity or tracking issues, this serves as our only other record of your attendance in the Adobe Connect live session. You’ll need to:
Introduce yourself in the chat once you login.
Participate in all questions and polls during the session.
Add your name to chat before signing out when the session ends.
Complete the self-assessment and course evaluation survey. The link is emailed the day after the final live session.
You may return to the course homepage to access the link. Surveys will not be accepted after the 2-week deadline on 02/06/2024 at 11:59pm ET.
After completing the survey you’ll receive an email with a link to the course homepage to download a customized Certificate of Completion.
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A course survey and information on how to claim CE credits the day after the course ends
In the event of course changes or cancellations
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Registration for this Learning Experience will open on: Dec 04, 2023
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