Public Health Genetics Week | Day 4

May 27, 2021
8:00pm Eastern Time
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Join WQPT and partnering PBS stations across the country for day 4 of a multi-day film screening of THE GENE: AN INTIMATE HISTORY, a documentary from Ken Burns and Barak Goodman. Tonight we will show hour 4 of the film and will discuss the topic of “Public Health Screening”.

The film screening is a collaboration between the National Coordinating Center for the Regional Genetics Network (NCC) and local PBS stations in celebration of Public Health Genetics Week (May 24-28). Partnering PBS Stations include Alabama Public Television, GPB, KLRN, MPT, South Florida PBS, WCTE, WETA, WQLN, WQPT and WXXI.

Public health genetics applies genetic and genomic information to improve public health and prevent disease. More information about Public Health Genetics Week and this series of interactive online screening events can be found at

Production funding for KEN BURNS PRESENTS THE GENE: AN INTIMATE HISTORY has been provided by Genentech, 23andMe, Cancer Treatment Centers of America, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, Gray Foundation, American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) & Conquer Cancer Foundation, Judy and Peter Blum Kovler Foundation, Craig and Susan McCaw Foundation, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. The Outreach and Education Partner is National Institutes of Health, National Human Genome Research Institute. Outreach support is provided by Foundation Medicine.

Video Descriptions

PHGW Day 4 Pre-Show Slides

PHGW Day 4

The Gene Film Screening - Hour 4

Hour 4 of THE GENE: AN INTIMATE HISTORY. The four-hour documentary brings vividly to life the story of today’s revolution in medical science through present-day tales of patients and doctors at the forefront of the search for genetic treatments, interwoven with a compelling history of the discoveries that made this possible and the ethical challenges raised by the ability to edit DNA.

62min 11sec


  • Michael Carton

    Director of Education and Outreach WQPT - PBS for the Quad Cities Region


  • Lila Aiyar, MS, CGC

    Lila Aiyar is a Certified Genetic Counselor working for the Western States Regional Genetics Network in public health genetics, and provides pediatric genetic counseling services in Hawai'i.

  • Maximilian Muenke, MD, FACMG

    Recognized as a highly acclaimed physician-scientist and dedicated clinical and research mentor, Dr. Muenke brings more than three decades of experience to the ACMG, including 10 years on the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Since 2000, Dr. Muenke has served as Senior Investigator, Head of the Human Development Section, and Chief of the Medical Genetics Branch at the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). He joined ACMG as CEO in October 2019. For a more detailed bio, please visit:

  • Megan Lyon, MPH

    Megan Lyon is the Senior Program Manager of the National Coordinating Center for the Regional Genetics Networks (NCC). In this role, Ms. Lyon supports the RGNs and helps develop tools and resources that can be used by healthcare providers to help improve access to genetic services. Ms. Lyon received her Masters of Public Health (MPH) in Health Policy at The George Washington University.

  • Lila Aiyar, MSc, CGC, CCGC (Genetic Counselor)

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