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Cynthia James, ScM, PhD, CGC

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What is your job title?

Genetic Counselor in the Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular Dysplasia/Cardiomyopathy Program at Johns Hopkins Hospital

What is your job?

My primary role is to coordinate the research aspect of the ARVD / ARVC program by writing grant applications and research papers, organizing scientific projects, and ensuring research compliance.   I work with scientists and physicians both here at Johns Hopkins and at universities around the world to coordinate our research efforts so that together we can make progress in understanding and treating ARVD / ARVC.   I work with families enrolled in our research to collect medical information and blood samples that we use to do our work.

When did you start working at Johns Hopkins?


When did you start working with the ARVD / ARVC Program?


What is your education?

I have a Master’s Degree in Genetic Counseling and a PhD in Human Genetics from Johns Hopkins University.   

Why do you work with ARVD / ARVC patients?

In working with ARVD / ARVC patients and families, I have enjoyed being part of a rapidly developing field in which research we have done over the past decade has made a difference both in our understanding of the disease and in our care of families.  I have been privileged to work with families who despite experiencing some of the most difficult experiences of their lives, have been willing to give to others as part of our research effort.  I have enjoyed the privilege of getting to know many families involved in the ARVD / ARVC program over the years. 

What else do you want people to know about you?

I am a Certified Genetic Counselor and I am a member of the National Society of Genetic Counselors. I have enjoyed investigating the influence of living with ARVD / ARVC and with an ICD on patients and families.  I am also very involved in research on the genetic basis of ARVD / ARVC.

What have you published?

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