Join Jewish Federation of St. Louis’ Professional Societies and Sharsheret for “Knowledge is Power: Impacting the Health of Future Generations,” featuring Karen Grinzaid, Director of JScreen, a not-for-profit at-home education and carrier-screening program for Jewish genetic diseases.

Karen will present on the prevalence of Jewish genetic diseases, their impact on individuals, families and communities, the importance of genetic screening to help people plan ahead for the health of their future families, and ways healthcare professionals can help families access information and testing.

The event will take place on Tuesday, January 10 at 7:00 pm, following a brief reception at 6:30 pm at the Jewish Federation of St. Louis Kopolow Building. Dietary laws observed.

Register online at For more information, contact Karen Sher at or 314-442-3824, or Lynne Palan at or 314-442-3266. This event is generously sponsored by SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital.

Karen Grinzaid is an instructor, program co-director and senior genetic counselor at Emory University in the Department of Human Genetics. She received her Master’s in Human Genetics from the Sarah Lawrence College in 1984 and her Bachelor’s in Psychology from Northwestern University in 1982. She was certified by the American Board of Genetic Counseling in 1987 and by the Association of Clinical Research Professionals in 2007. Since joining the Emory Division of Medical Genetics in 1986, Karen has specialized in multiple program areas including prenatal, pediatric and adult genetic counseling, newborn screening, lysosomal storage disease clinical care and research, and Jewish genetic disease carrier screening. She is currently Co-Director for Emory’s Gene Screen Program and Senior Director of the JScreen Jewish Genetic Disease Screening Program. She also serves as co-coordinator/instructor for the Introduction to Genetic Counseling and Genetic Counseling Theory and Practice III courses in Emory’s Genetic Counselor Training Program.