Author name: Christina Swords, Ph.D.

Christina Swords (nee Marvin) is a Graduate Medical Education Coordinator at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. She received a B.S. in Biology and Chemistry from King’s College in Wilkes-Barre, PA, and a Ph.D. in Biological Chemistry from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. Christina is an experienced science communicator, writer, and project manager with demonstrated communication experience with Morehead Planetarium and Science Center, the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB) science outreach and communication committee, and Science Talk, an organization of professional science communicators. You can read more about Christina's experience and publications on LinkedIn and Google Scholar.

World Rare Disease Day: What It Means to be Rare

Today, the world focuses its attention on these patients during international World Rare Disease Day. World Rare Disease Day occurs on the last day of February every year and is highlighted across social media, legislative conferences, community events, and seeks to raise public awareness about the lives of people with rare diseases and the challenges they face. On this day, patients, medical professionals, caregivers, health advocates, and policy makers come together to discuss new ways to improve both care and quality of life for patients and their families.

Rare Disease Day 2019

DNA Privacy. A New Approach.

Genetic testing kits are one of the hottest consumer products on the market today. More than 26 million people have taken an at-home ancestry test. In the last year alone, more people have done a direct to consumer DNA test than all prior years combined. If the trend continues, it is estimated that within the…