Jamison Beek wins graduate research dayGenetic Counseling student Jamison Beek with his mentor Christina Hurst. Jamison Beek, a second year Genetic Counseling student, took home first place in the annual UAB Graduate Research Day on March 2, 2012. He won in the category of “Public Health and Social & Behavioral Sciences” for his research titled, “Are Health Care Professionals Ready and Willing to Incorporate Direct-to-Consumer Genetic Test Results Into Patient Care?”

Beek was one of 50 graduate students from UAB selected to present their research. He developed the idea as part of his research to earn his master’s degree and investigated UAB physician’s awareness of this new type of testing. Direct-to-consumer testing allows consumers to order directly from labs without the involvement of a physician.

“This information is important for us to understand as the medical community will likely be approached by patients who have received this testing with questions regarding the implications of results and the effect their results have on their patient’s healthcare,” said Christina Hurst, MS, CGC, assistant program director of the Genetic Counseling program.

Beek received a certificate of achievement and a monetary award.  Graduate Research Day provides a forum for aspiring scholars to present their project or research to an audience of their peers. A group of faculty and post-doctoral fellows, representing a diverse group of scholars, evaluated the presentations in comparison to other students within that session.