From genome to bedside: Dr. Andrea Gropman on how genetics is transforming modern medical practice

genome to bedside webinar

In the informative webinar hosted by Dr. Patrick Short, Co-founder and CEO of Sano Genetics, guest Dr. Andrea Gropman explored the profound impact of genetics and genomics on modern medical practice. The discussion provided valuable insights into the journey of translating genetic discoveries from the laboratory to the bedside, particularly focusing on neurogenetics and metabolic disorders.

The link to the full webinar is here; a brief summary is below for easy reference.

About the speakers

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Patrick Short

Patrick Short is a Cambridge-trained PhD geneticist with experience researching large-scale genome sequencing and rare disorders. He is dedicated to driving the world’s transition to precision medicine through Sano, which combines genetic testing, recruitment, and long-term engagement in one platform, accelerating enrollment and simplifying operations for precision medicine studies.

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Andrea Gropman

Andrea Gropman, MD, is a prominent paediatric neurologist and geneticist, serving as a Professor of Pediatrics and Neurology at George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. She has devoted her career to advancing the understanding of neurogenetics, neuroimaging, and inborn errors of metabolism, with significant roles including principal investigator for the Urea Cycle Disorders Consortium and the UCDC imaging consortium. Her research focuses on identifying biomarkers for neurological damage in metabolic disorders through advanced neuroimaging and cellular techniques. 

Highlights from the webinar

Challenges and solutions in integrating genetic research into clinical practice

Dr. Gropman shared her experiences regarding the integration of cutting-edge genetic research into clinical applications, highlighting significant obstacles such as regulatory hurdles, the complexity of genetic data interpretation, and the need for robust validation processes. These challenges underscore the necessity of ensuring the clinical relevance of genetic biomarkers. 

She also emphasised the importance of interdisciplinary collaboration in overcoming these hurdles, pointing out how partnerships across various scientific and clinical disciplines are crucial for advancing patient care. Further, Dr. Gropman stressed the role of genetic counselling in bridging the gap between research findings and their practical application in managing patients.

Ethical considerations and future perspectives 

Dr. Gropman discussed the regulatory and ethical considerations critical to translating genetic research into practice. She advocated for regulatory adjustments to enable quicker and more efficient application of genetic discoveries to treatments and diagnostics, while also addressing the ethical dilemmas related to predictive testing and therapies for currently incurable conditions. 

Looking ahead, she expressed optimism about the potential of advancements in genetic and neuroimaging technologies to transform research in neurogenetics and metabolic disorders, potentially enhancing diagnostic precision and treatment efficacy in a healthcare landscape increasingly influenced by genetic medicine.


This webinar underscored the immense potential of genetics in medical practice and the importance of continued research, collaboration, and education to fully realise this potential. Dr. Gropman's insights provided a roadmap for integrating genetic advancements into clinical settings, ultimately aiming to improve patient outcomes through precision medicine.

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