Kirk, Nancy and Keith Ross visit with Paulie Papavassiliou, an invited speaker at the third International Mosaic Down Syndrome Association conference held at VCU. Martha Thomas, a genetic counseling student, organized the childcare and children’s activities at the conference.


Second year genetic counseling students Jessica Waxman, Martha Thomas, Stephanie Kozachek, Nora Alexander, Dagny Patton and Dr. Joann Bodurtha at the Science Museum of Virginia Scooper Bowl Event dispensing genetic advice on brain freeze and lactose intolerance. This “All the Ice Cream You Can Eat” event brings together a variety of activities for families and children to learn about science including a fun introduction to genetics and family health history.


After Sami Amr passed his comprehensive exams, an Arab-style celebration for the Shiang lab includes a traditional feast of lamb, rice, yogurt, salad and dessert made by Cedars Restaurant. From left, Sami Amr, Jia Yan, Dr. James Lister, Cindy Lovelace, Andy Nishida, Dr. Rita Shiang, Ankita Patel, Belal Azab and Dr. Kate Shows.


In 2004, the Surgeon General declared Thanksgiving Family Health history day. In 2007, a department project in conjunction with Leadership Metro Richmond, the Governor and Henrico County declared November Family Health History Month. Heather Creswick coordinated setting up the display case on the first floor of Main Hospital for November. The display includes the winning poster submitted as part of a high school poster contest on Family Health History. Veronica Kirkland and Jia Yan also contributed to the display.