Genetics seminar helps build networks

Connecting patients and families with others similarly affected and with medical specialists

A decade ago, Baylor College of Medicine’s Department of Molecular and Human Genetics and Texas Children’s Hospital began a seminar series on genetics and family health. At each session, a different genetic condition or rare illness is discussed. The  faculty experts share the latest info and answer questions from parents, patients, health care providers and students. The public is invited. It has been such a success, that it has branched out to “road trips” outside of Houston. Hundreds of patients and parents have received support and sometimes life-saving information.

Some topics are repeated frequently because of the level of interest, such as updates in autism research, Down Syndrome and new genetic tests. Other topics seem to affect only a few, and those parents and patients are eager to hear what is known and to share information with each other.

Baylor College of Medicine is the top-funded genetics department in the country by the National Institutes of Health and is part of the NIH’s Undiagnosed Diseases Network. With our partner, Texas Children’s, we have the experts who are eager to support the community with this outreach.

Since coming to Houston in 1943, Baylor College of Medicine has been an integral part of Houston’s transition into one of the nation’s greatest cities. We are proud to be part of what makes Houston great.

- Paul Klotman, M.D., President, CEO and Executive Dean, Baylor College of Medicine

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