Personalized Physical Therapy: The Time Is Now! (Genomics Session Sponsored by the APTA FiRST Council)
Section: Academy of Orthopaedic PT
Co-Section: Academy of Acute Care PT,Aquatic Physical Therapy Section,Cardiopulmonary Section,Academy of Clinical Electrophysiology and Wound Management,Academy of PT Education,Federal PT Section,Academy of Geriatric PT,Academy of Hand and Upper Extremity PT,Section on Health Policy & Administration,Home Health Section,Academy of Neurologic PT,Oncology Section,Orthopaedics Section,Academy of Pediatric PT,Private Practice Section,Section on Research,Sports PT Section,Section on Women's Health
Session Code: OR-3B-8101
Date: Saturday, January 26, 2019
Time: 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Location: Walter E. Washington Convention Center
Room: 202AB

Speaker(s):   Eric Green, MD, PhD
  Richard Shields, PT, PhD, FAPTA
  Steven L. Wolf, PT, PhD, FAPTA

Session Type: Educational Sessions
Session Level: Intermediate

Completion of the first reference sequence of the human genome in 2003 gave rise to a sea-change in the biological and medical sciences. Virtually every human ailment, except some cases of trauma, is considered to have some genetic basis. Medicine is becoming more personalized, with a shift toward early risk identification and diagnosis, and targeted therapy. Diseases are becoming better understood and even reclassified, such as increasing interest in systemic inflammation. Genetic factors also play a role in exercise performance. Richard Shields, in the 48th McMillian Lecture, introduced the term precision physical therapy and the notion that targeted exercise interventions can impede biological aging by activating exercise mediated molecular and epigenetic pathways. With greater access to direct to consumer genetic testing services, more and more clients will be arriving in clinics with genetic data in hand. It is imperative that physical therapists, as integral members of the health care team, become prepared to guide patients and their families, or make referrals to other health professionals. Clinicians with awareness of the effects of genetic variants on health and disease will be distinctly prepared to devise individualized lifestyle interventions, satisfying roles in prevention and wellness.

Learning Objectives: Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

1. Describe the role of the Human Genome Project and related research in advancing potential to improve human health.

2. Discuss the concept of human genetic variation and the influence of genetic variants on health and human performance, risk for disease and response to exercise interventions.

3. Identify the implications of personalized medicine on the practice of physical therapy.

4. Discuss the concept of precision physical therapy and the interplay of genetic factors and exercise interventions in health, fitness, and recovery after injury.

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