Open Access Genetic Testing Program for Patients with Inherited Retinal Disease – Workshop for Eye Care Professionals
May 22, 2020
Webinar information
Date: June 04, 2020
Time: 9:00 AM PST / 18:00 PM CEST
Duration: 1,5 hours

Date: June 4, 2020
Time: 9 AM PST / 18:00 CEST

In collaboration with the Foundation Fighting Blindness and InformedDNA.

The Foundation Fighting Blindness, in partnership with Blueprint Genetics and InformedDNA, offers an open access, no-cost genetic testing program called the My Retina Tracker Program®. This program is for individuals living in the United States, with a clinical diagnosis of an inherited retinal degeneration (IRD). The partners bring best-in-class screening technology (322-gene panel), unparalleled IRD genetics knowledge and counseling experience, and a robust patient registry to the collaboration.

In this webinar-workshop, we will review the My Retina Tracker Program features and the online ordering process. The webinar will conclude with a 30-minute participant Q&A session.

The webinar is hosted by the Foundation Fighting Blindness and will be presented by Tero-Pekka Alastalo, MD, PhD, Executive Medical Director from Blueprint Genetics, Shea Rauch, MS, CGC, Genetic Services Consultant from Blueprint Genetics, Karmen Trzupek, MS, CGC, Director, Ocular and Rare Disease Genetics Services from InformedDNA, Michelle Glaze, Associate Director, Professional Outreach, Foundation Fighting Blindness, and Ben Shaberman, Senior Director, Scientific Outreach & Community Engagement from the Foundation Fighting Blindness.


Tero-Pekka Alastalo

Tero-Pekka is the Executive Director of Medical, and also a co-founder at Blueprint Genetics. He is based in San Francisco and holds various responsibilities in the North American operations of the company. Tero-Pekka has an MD-PhD degree and is specialized in pediatrics and pediatric cardiology. He has a PhD in molecular and cellular biology as well. During his 3-year postdoctoral training at Stanford University School of Medicine, he focused on the molecular genetic mechanisms of cardiovascular disease.

Karmen Trzupek

Karmen Trzupek, MS, CGC is the director of ocular and rare disease genetics services at InformedDNA. She has been a certified genetic counselor since 2005 and holds an MS in genetic counseling from Northwestern University. Karmen is passionate about increasing access to genetic services for patients with rare genetic diseases.

Michelle Glaze

Michelle Glaze is the Associate Director of Professional Outreach for the Foundation Fighting Blindness. Michelle joined the Foundation in February of 2019 after 15 years in medical sales. Her passion for this role with the Foundation stems from personal challenges with vision loss due. Michelle also serves on the board for the Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services, as a representative of the Mobile district. Michelle received a master’s degree in Education of the Deaf, with a minor in mathematics, from California State University, Fresno in 2000.

Last modified: June 10, 2020