Genetic Disorder Symposium Project
A symposium is a meeting where participants give presentations on subjects revolving around a
common theme (Human Genetic Disorders).
Objective: To research and prepare a presentation on the genetic disorder chosen.
Step 1- Form groups of 1-2 and chose topic.
Step 2- Research your disorder. Your presentation will need to provide an overview of the disease,
what the affects and symptoms are, and how likely it is to pass the disease on to the next
generation. These questions must be answered in your presentation.
a. How does a person inherit it? dominant or recessive?
b. What are the possible genotypes of the parents? or is it a chromosome abnormality?
c. How prevalent is the disease? (statistics)
d. What are the chances of a person passing disease to the offspring? explain
e. How is the disease diagnosed?
f. What are they symptoms of the disease? (include life expectancy age)
g. What treatments are available?
a. What is everyday life like? What is the quality of Life? What limits are there?
b. What are some organizations that help to cope with the disorder?
c. How possible/close is a cure for the disorder?
d. How has society reacted to this disorder?
You may use search engines to conduct your research or explore the web links in the genetic
disorders pages. Any sites that you use information/charts/images from must be included in your
Here are some helpful sites:
Genetic and Rare Conditions Site Genetic Information and Patient Services
Ask NOAH about Genetic Disorders
Please don’t print information at the lab. Put it in a word document (Copy/Paste) and send it to
yourself via email.
Step 3 – Prepare Bibliography. Must have at least 3 sources. If it is a website must have html
address listed. If you use the text book as one of your sources must include the page numbers.
Step 4 – Prepare your presentation in the form of PowerPoint. The goal is to teach this topic to the
rest of the class. Divide your presentation into main topics. Make sure your PowerPoint has good
visuals, easy to read, charts/graphs, Not too many words on each screen.
Step 5 – Presentations
Each group must divide the presentation up so that each person contributes close to equally.
The presentation if you are working solo must be a minimum of 5 minutes. Two people in the group
must have a presentation that will last at the minimum of 8 minutes. Three people groups must
present enough information about the topic to 12 minutes. There is no time limit. Be prepared to
answer questions at the end of your presentation. You are considered the disease “experts” for the
Your talk must be delivered without reading from notes/note cards/presentation etc. You may
use note cards to help guide you but good public speaking applies. Any notes will be turned in at
then end of your presentation.