July 18, 2023
Dr. Callahan Wins Funding for Managing Uncertainty in Genetic Information in Neonates
Congratulations to Dr. Katharine Callahan, who has won a K01 award from the National Human Genome Research Institute for managing the uncertainty of genetic information in neonates.
Genetic testing is increasingly used in ill neonates and holds promise to improve care, but the uncertainty of many genetic results complicates their application to clinical practice and poses an important hazard. Uncertainty can lead both clinicians and parents to misunderstand or misapply findings, resulting in biased treatment plans. The proposed research is designed to identify the potential risks that emerge as neonatologists and parents interpret and apply uncertain genetic results, and to mediate these risks by developing a tool to improve the management and communication of results.