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Genomics and Health Behavior at UCONN April 4th

University of Connecticut
University of Connecticut

The CHIP lecture series continues Thursday April 3rd with a discussion on 'Genetic Testing and Proactive Management of Familial Melanoma Risk” by Lisa Aspinal, PhD.

Dr Aspinal is a Professor of Psychology at the University of Utah and a member of the Cancer Control and Population Sciences program at the Huntsman Cancer Institute. Her research program examines self-regulatory processes and future-oriented thinking as people “seek to anticipate, prevent, understand, and manage important negative outcomes, especially in the domain of health.” She also currently directs an ongoing NCI-funded study of Utah CDKN2A/p16 – mutation positive pedigrees to examine how physicians and genetic counselors might best communicate genetic risk information to high-risk patients with the goal of promoting both prevention and early detection of melanoma.

With the advent of new “predictive” genetic testing, it is becoming more and more important for researchers untangle complex interplays of genetic vulnerability, personal behavior, and environmental exposure in the development of cancer, as well as how they comprehend and manage the part of their cancer risk that can be controlled.

The lecture will take place on the Storrs campus in Video Conference Room 204 on the second floor of the Ryan Building at 2006 Hillside Rd. from 12:30pm-1:30 pm, and can also be viewed live via interactive videoconference in Cell and Genomic Science Building, Executive Conference Room R1202. Those unable to attend at either location can also view this talk streamed live during or after the lecture at (the link will become active shortly before the lecture begins). Live webcast viewers may submit questions in real time; simple instructions are posted at

Attendees at Storrs can either bring their own lunch, or order their preference from a provided menu as long as they RSVP the lecture by visiting and indicating their choice no later than 11:00 AM on Monday, March 31st.