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    • 10 Jul 2018
    • 10:00 AM
    • 10 Jul 2022
    • 11:00 AM
    • Webinar

    Identifying and Treating Monogenic Diabetes

    Presented by
    Maggie Shepherd, RGN, PhD

    This webinar will provide an update on monogenic diabetes, highlighting how to identify possible cases and the impact of a genetic diagnosis. Genes causing both maturity onset diabetes of the young (MODY) and neonatal diabetes will be discussed. Simple and inexpensive steps which can be taken to aid differential diagnosis will be described. Case studies will be used to highlight the specific characteristics associated with different types of monogenic diabetes, ensuring the appropriate tests are recommended, enabling accurate diagnosis and most appropriate treatment. Ensuing treatment changes, implications for other family members and the emotional impact of a ‘new genetic diagnosis’ and the consequence of stopping insulin injections, even after many years on this treatment, will be discussed.

    Who Should Attend?
    This webinar will be of interest to all healthcare professionals involved in diabetes care. No previous experience of monogenic diabetes will be required. Any healthcare professionals looking to ensure their patients have the correct diagnosis and treatment and interested in increasing their awareness of monogenic diabetes should attend.

    During this presentation attendees will learn:

    • How to identify individuals likely to have monogenic diabetes
    • Aids to differential diagnosis (for example use of MODY probability calculator, c-peptide and antibodies)
    • Where to access more information on monogenic diabetes

    Maggie Shepherd, RGN, PhD
    Honorary Clinical Professor
    University of Exeter Medical School
    Medical Research
    Exeter, United Kingdom 

    Maggie trained as an RGN at King’s College Hospital and worked as Diabetes Specialist Nurse in Greenwich prior to joining the monogenic diabetes team in Exeter in 1995.  She has a PhD in Medical Science and qualifications in Medical Education, Genetic Counselling and Genomic Medicine. Also, she is the Honorary Clinical Professor at the University of Exeter Medical School, Lead Nurse for Research at the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust and lead co-ordinator of the national, award winning Genetic Diabetes Nurse project.

    Particular interests include increasing awareness of monogenic diabetes, ensuring correct diagnosis and treatment.  Maggie has over 100 publications (30 first author) and is an Editorial Board member of the European Diabetes Nursing Journal.

    Maggie delivered the Janet Kinson award lecture at DUK in 2003, is a member of the team receiving the Queens Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education in 2006, Hospital Doctor Academic Medicine Team of the Year 2005 and BMJ diabetes team of the year 2016. 

    $10.00 for ISONG Members and Students
    $15.00 for Non-Members

    Contact Hours

    ISONG and ANA-NY are collaborating to provide this learning activity. Nurse participants completing the activity and the evaluation tool will receive one (1) continuing nursing education contact hour. The Northeast Multi-State Division is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

    • 01 Jun 2020
    • 01 Jun 2023
    • at your convenience

    Presented by
    Dennis J. Cheek, RN, PhD, FAHA


    Genomics is a central science for all advanced practice nurses due to the fact that many diseases and conditions have a genetic or genomic component. In the imminent future, all health care will increasingly include genetic and genomic information including pathways of prevention, screening, diagnostics, pharmacology, selection of treatment, and monitoring of treatment effectiveness. This webinar will examine the advances in pharmacogenomics, which is the study of genetic/genomic variation and how these variation influence drug therapy.

    Target Audience
    Personalized medicine has arrived and this webinar is designed to provide the clinical nurse with the latest information on pharmacogenomics in their clinical practice. The webinar will also provide the advanced practice additional information on additional pharmacogenomics information for prescribing and monitoring of drug therapy.


    1. Explain the difference between genetics and genomics.
    2. Discuss the clinical importance of pharmacogenomics in the clinical setting.
    3. Discuss the role of the healthcare provider with regard to pharmacogenomics data and patient management. 

    Dennis J. Cheek, RN, PhD, FAHA is currently the Abell-Hanger Professor in Gerontological Nursing at Texas Christian University - Harris College of Nursing and Health Sciences with a joint appointment in the School of Nurse Anesthesia.

    He received his Bachelor of Science in Nursing from California State University, Fresno and his Masters of Science in Nursing from the University of California, San Francisco with a focus in Critical Care Nursing and Education. 

    He received his Doctor of Philosophy in Cellular & Molecular Pharmacology and Physiology from the University of Nevada, Reno and was awarded a Nevada AHA Affiliate Post - Doctoral Fellowship to continue his research. His teaching responsibilities include undergraduate pharmacology, graduate pathophysiology and pharmacology, nurse anesthesia pharmacology and cardiovascular physiology as well as one the core courses' in the Doctoral of Nursing Practice program at TCU. 

    Along with his teaching responsibilities, he is continuing his program of research in the newly renovated Nursing Research Laboratory studying the effects of age on endothelial cells. Dennis has been a member of the Council on Cardiovascular Nursing since 2000 and was inducted as a Fellow of the American Heart Association (FAHA). He has published in numerous journals including American Journal of Critical Care, American Association of Critical Care Nurses Clinical Issues, American Association of Nurse Anesthetist , American Journal of Physiology: Heart and Circulatory, Biological Research in Nursing, Circulation Research, Critical Care Nurse, Heart & Lung, Journal of Emergency Nursing, Journal of Nursing Scholarship, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences in the United States and The Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing.

    Continuing Educational Credits 
    This learning activity has been developed in collaboration with the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing.

    Participants successfully completing this activity will be awarded one (1) nursing professional development pharmacotherapeutic contact hour.

    The University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

    • 11 Nov 2022
    • 7:30 AM
    • 13 Nov 2022
    • 1:00 PM
    • Washington Duke Inn, Durham, North Carolina, USA

    2022 ISONG World Congress
    November 11-13, 2022
    Durham, North Carolina, USA

    ~Pre-Congress on Thursday, November 10~

    On behalf of the 2022 ISONG Congress Planning Committee, we invite you to join us at the 2022 Congress. The Washington Duke Inn will be the perfect setting to connect with genetics and nursing colleagues from around the world. 

    Nurses are called to transform healthcare, and genetic/genomic nurses will be at the forefront of that transformation.  We look forward to exciting presentations by our keynote and plenary speakers and expert lecture, abstract, and poster presenters.

    The 2022 ISONG Congress will provide the attendee the opportunity to:

    1. Identify the unique contributions of nursing to precision health across the lifespan to foster healthy populations.
    2. Understand the use of holistic approaches to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion in genomic nursing.
    3. Incorporate the concepts of personalized health and well-being in nursing research, education, practice, and policy settings.

    Additionally, the Education Committee and the Congress Committee are excited to offer Pre-Congress Sessions again this year.  These sessions will take place on Thursday, November 10, 2022.  Registration will open in May.

    We encourage you to join us on the Duke campus and look forward to greeting you.  Please remember the vital support of our Congress sponsors and visit each exhibit to learn about new and valuable contributions to health care and education.

    Please join us! Click here for information about the Congress and here for the venue and hotel reservations.

    Contact Amy Spikula at amy@isong.org if you have any questions.

    ISONG and the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing are collaborating to provide nursing continuing professional development (NCPD) contact hours for the educational activity entitled 2022 ISONG World Congress. The University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

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