2018 Seminars

Date: Nov. 13 (Houston, Texas)
Topic: "Updates on Care and Research for Children with Angelman Syndrome" 
Speaker(s):  Dr. Carlos Bacino, professor of molecular and human genetics, Baylor College of Medicine, Dr. Arthur Beaudet, Henry and Emma Meyer Chair and professor of molecular and human genetics, Baylor College of Medicine and Dr. Deborah Sukin, a parent advocate.

Date: Oct. 9 (Houston, Texas)
Topic: "Glycogen Storage Disorders: Old Disease at Forefront of Modern Medicine" 
Speaker(s): Claudia Soler-Alfonso, M.D., assistant professor of molecular and human genetics, Baylor College of Medicine, and a guest parent speaker

Date: Sept. 11 (Houston, Texas)
Topic: "X-linked Adrenoleukodystrophy: Current Management and New Approaches to Screening and Future Treatments" 
Speaker(s): Lisa Emrick, M.D., assistant professor of molecular and human genetics, Baylor College of Medicine; Andrea ‘Andi’ Lewis, MS, CGC, instructor of molecular and human genetics, Baylor College of Medicine; and a guest parent speaker

Date: April 17 (Houston, Texas)
Topic: "Primary Ciliary Dyskinesia: Progress in Understanding and Treatment" 
Speaker(s): Shailendra Das, D.O, assistant professor of pediatrics-pulmonary, Baylor College of Medicine, and Laurie Robak, M.D., Ph.D., instructor of molecular and human genetics, Baylor College of Medicine

Date: March 28 (Beaumont, Texas)
Topic: "Genetic Evaluations in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders" 
Speaker(s): Daryl Scott, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor of molecular and human genetics, Baylor College of Medicine

Date: March 28 (Beaumont, Texas)
Topic: "Your Child’s Life is on a Trajectory: Is it taking you and them where you want to go?" 
Speaker(s):  Laura Buckner, M.Ed., L.P.C., Texas Center for Disability Studies at The University of Texas at Austin

Date: March 22 (Houston, Texas)
Topic: "Phelan-McDermid Syndrome: What a Rare Disease Can Teach Us About Autism" 
Speaker(s): Jimmy Holder Jr., M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor of Pediatrics-Neurology and Developmental Neuroscience, Baylor College of Medicine; Geraldine Bliss, Board Member, Phelan-McDermid Syndrome Foundation

Date: March 2 - Conference and Resource Fair (Longview)
Topic: "Your Child’s Life is on a Trajectory:  Is it taking you and them where you want to go?" 
Speaker: Laura Buckner, M.Ed., L.P.C., Texas Center for Disability Studies at The University of Texas at Austin

Date: March 2 - Conference and Resource Fair (Longview)
Topic: "Genetic evaluations in children with autism spectrum disorders" 
Speaker: Dr. Daryl Scott, associate professor of molecular and human genetics, Baylor College of Medicine

Date: Feb. 17 - Conference and Resource Fair (McAllen)
Topic: "How is New Genetic Testing Changing Care for Children with Developmental Disabilities?" 
Speaker: Dr. Carlos Bacino, professor of molecular and human genetics, Baylor College of Medicine

Date: Feb. 17 - Conference and Resource Fair (McAllen)
Topic: "Your Child’s Life is on a Trajectory:  Is it taking you and them where you want to go?" 
Speaker: Laura Buckner, M.Ed., L.P.C., Texas Center for Disability Studies at The University of Texas at Austin

Date: Feb. 10 - Conference and Resource Fair (Laredo)
Topic: "Genetic evaluations in children with autism spectrum disorders" 
Speaker: Dr. Daryl Scott, associate professor of molecular and human genetics, Baylor College of Medicine

Date: Feb. 10 - Conference and Resource Fair (Laredo)
Topic: "Your Child’s Life is on a Trajectory:  Is it taking you and them where you want to go?" 
Speaker: Laura Buckner, M.Ed., L.P.C., Texas Center for Disability Studies at The University of Texas at Austin

Date: Jan. 27 - Conference and Resource Fair (El Paso)
Topic: "Your Child’s Life is on a Trajectory:  Is it taking you and them where you want to go?" 
Speaker: Laura Buckner, M.Ed., L.P.C., Texas Center for Disability Studies at The University of Texas at Austin

Date: Jan. 27 - Conference and Resource Fair (El Paso)
Topic: "How can a genetic evaluation help a child with developmental disabilities?" 
Speaker: Dr. Fernando Scaglia, professor of molecular and human genetics, Baylor College of Medicine

2017 Seminars

Date: Nov. 15
Topic: Partners in Progress: Families and Scientists Catalyze Rare Disease Research
Presenters: Cynthia Le Mons, Executive Director National Urea Cycle Disorders Foundation & Co-Principal Investigator, NIH Urea Cycle Disorders Consortium; Tracy Smith Hart, Chief Executive Officer, Osteogenesis Imperfecta Foundation & Co-Principal Investigator, Training and Advocacy component of Brittle Bone Disorders Consortium; Jill Chertow Franks, President, Propionic Acidemia Foundation; Brendan Lee, M.D., Ph.D., Robert and Janice McNair Endowed Chair of Molecular and Human Genetics, Baylor College of Medicine

Date: Oct. 10
Topic: State of the art medical care and new research discoveries for children with Down Syndrome
Presenters:  Dr. Kathryn K. Ostermaier, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Baylor College of Medicine; Dr. Hsiao-Tuan Chao, Instructor, Pediatric Neurology, Baylor College of Medicine

Date: June 24
Topic: 
Putting the Puzzle Together: Information & Resources for Children with Special Needs

Date: May 16
Topic: Coffin-Siris syndrome – A common, yet unknown genetic condition
Presenters:  Pilar L. Magoulas, M.S., Assistant Professor of Molecular and Human Genetics, Baylor College of Medicine; Seema Lalani, M.D., Associate Professor of Molecular and Human Genetics, Baylor College of Medicine

Date: April 18
Topic: 
Craniosynostosis: Science, Surgery, and Support
Presenters: 
Edward Buchanan, M.D., Assistant Professor of Surgery - Division of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, Baylor College of Medicine; Haley Streff, M.S., C.G.C., Genetic Counselor, Department of Molecular and Human Genetics, Baylor College of Medicine; Erica Mossholder, M.B.A., Executive Director, Children's Craniofacial Association

Date: March 28
Topic: 
New Treatment for Spinal Muscular Atrophy
Presenters:  
Dr. Tim Lotze, Associate Professor of Pediatrics - Section of Neurology and Developmental Neuroscience and guest parent speaker

Date: Jan. 24
Topic: Parkinson's Disease and the Promise of Genetics
Presenters:  Laurie Robak, M.D., Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Molecular and Human Genetics, Baylor College of Medicine; Joshua Shulman, M.D., Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Molecular and Human Genetics, Baylor College of Medicine

2016 Seminars

Date: Nov. 3
Topic: Huntington's Disease: Perspective from a Youth
Presenters:  Kristen Powers, Huntington Disease Advocate; Katie Plunkett, M.S., CGC, Genetic Counselor, Gene DX

Date: Oct. 4
Topic: Myotonic Dystrophy - One Diagnosis, Many Signs and Symptoms
Presenters:  Lorraine Potocki, M.D., F.A.C.M.G., Professor of Molecular and Human Genetics, Baylor College of Medicine; Tetsuo Ashizawa, M.D., Director, Neurosciences Research Program
Houston Methodist

Date: Sept. 13 
Topic: Clinical Trials and Rare Diseases: Improving Care Through Research
Presenters:  William Craigen, M.D., Ph.D., Professor of Molecular and Human Genetics, Baylor College of Medicine; Carlos Bacino, M.D., Chief of Genetics Service, Texas Children's Hospital and Professor of Molecular and Human Genetics

Date: June 25 
Topic: Children with Developmental Disabilities: Answers to the Top 5 Questions Asked by Parents
Presenters:  Carlos Bacino, M.D., Chief of Genetics Service, Texas Children's Hospital and Professor of Molecular and Human Genetics, Baylor College of Medicine; Elsa Echeverri, DDS,  Pediatric Dentist, Texas Children's Hospital; Myrta Torres, The Arc of Greater Houston

Date: June 11 (McAllen, Texas)
Topic: 
Children with Developmental Disabilities: Answers to the Top 5 Questions Asked by Parents
Presenters:  
Carlos Bacino, M.D., Chief of Genetics Service, Texas Children's Hospital and Professor of Molecular and Human Genetics, Baylor College of Medicine

Date: June 7
Topic: Neurofibromatosis Type 1: Updates in Lifelong Care and Screening
Presenters:  Michael Francis Wangler, M.D., M.S., B.S., Assistant Professor of Molecular and Human Genetics, Baylor College of Medicine; Surya Rednam, M.D., B.S., M.S., Assistant Professor of Pediatrics-Oncology, Baylor College of Medicine; Jennifer Ellen Posey, M.D., Ph.D, Clinical Instructor of Molecular and Human Genetics, Baylor College of Medicine

Date: May 10
Topic: Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis: Answers to Top 5 Questions Asked by Parents
Presenters: Sandra Darilek, MS, CGC, Assistant Professor of Molecular and Human Genetics, Baylor College of Medicine and Parent Guest Speaker

Date: April 11
Topic: New Perspectives on Reducing Stress in Parents of Children with Developmental Disabilities
Presenters: Elisabeth M. Dykens, Ph.D., Chair and Professor, Departments of Psychology and Human Development, Vanderbilt University

Date: Feb. 9
Topic: Conditions of Sex Development: A Team Approach
Presenters: Dr. V. Reid Sutton, Professor of Molecular and Human Genetics, Baylor College of Medicine; Dr. Lefkothea P. Karaviti, Professor of Pediatrics - Diabetes and Endocrinology, Baylor College of Medicine

Date: Jan. 19 
Topic: Can Genetic Testing Lead to Better Health Care? Perspective and Insight from the Leaders in Genomic Medicine
Presenters: Dr. Arthur Beaudet, Henry and Emma Meyer Professor of Molecular and Human Genetics, Baylor College of Medicine; Dr. Brendan Lee, Professor and Chair of Molecular and Human Genetics, Baylor College of Medicine

2015 Seminars

Date: Nov. 10 
Topic(s): Seizures and Epilepsy in Children: Advances in Genetics and Treatment
Presenter: Dr. Angus Wilfong, Director, Comprehensive Epilepsy Program, Blue Bird Circle Clinic for Pediatric Neurology, Texas Children's Hospital; Dr. Carlos Bacino, Chief, Genetics Service, Texas Children's Hospital

Date: Oct. 13
Topic(s): 
Puberty and Sexual Development in Teens with Disabilities
Presenter: 
Dr. Adiaha Spinks-Franklin, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Baylor College of Medicine

Date: Sept. 15
Topic(s): What Families Need to Know for Successful Medical Transition
Presenters: Dr. Ellen Fremion, Assistant Professor, Internal Medicine - Pediatrics, Baylor College of Medicine Transition Medicine Clinic; Samuel Garcia, LMSW, Medical Social Worker, Internal Medicine- Pediatrics, Baylor College of Medicine Transition Medicine Clinic

Date: Aug. 15
Topic(s): Practical Information on Resources, Genetics, & Child Development for Parents of Children with Special Needs
Presenters: Dr. Carlos Bacino Chief, Genetic Services, Texas Children’s Hospital; Dr. Jonathan Castillo Porter, Down Syndrome Clinic, Texas Children’s Hospital; Dr. Heidi Castillo, Meyer Center for Developmental Pediatrics, Texas Children’s Hospital; Special presentation by parents Mercedes Alejandro and Myrta Torres

Date: July 25
Topic(s): 
Updates on the Care of Children with Down Syndrome
Presenters: Dr. Seema Lalani, Associate Professor, Molecular and Human Genetics, Baylor College of Medicine; Dr. Sherry Sellers Vinson, Developmental Pediatrician, Texas Children’s Hospital

Date: May 5 
Topic(s): Genetic Disorders of the Immune System: The "Boy in the Bubble" Today
Presenters: Dr. Wojciech Wiszniewski, Assistant Professor of Molecular and Human Genetics, Baylor College of Medicine; Dr. Imelda C. Hanson, Professor of Pediatrics, Baylor College of Medicine

Date: April 14 
Topic(s):
 
Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome-Hypermobility Type: Keeping Active!
Presenters: 
Dr. John Belmont, Professor, Molecular and Human Genetics, Baylor College of Medicine; Dr. Carl Gelfius, Assistant Professor, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Baylor College of Medicine

Date: April 11 
Topic(s):
 Updates on the Care of Children with Down Syndrome
Presenters: Dr. Carlos Bacino, Professor, Molecular and Human Genetics, Baylor College of Medicine; Dr. Jonathan Castillo Porter, Assistant Professor, Pediatrics-Development, Baylor College of Medicine; Dr. Heidi Castillo, Assistant Professor, Pediatrics- Developmental, Baylor College of Medicine

Date: March 21 
Topic(s): Dental care for children with developmental disabilities; Puberty and Sexual development in teens with disabilities; Updates on medical care & genetics for children with Down Syndrome
Presenters: Dr. Thomas Youngblood, Children’s Dental Center, Midland, TX; Dr. Adiaha Spinks-Franklin, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Baylor College of Medicine; Dr. Mary Kukolich, Medical Director, Clinical Genetics, Cook Children’s Hospital, Fort Worth, TX

Date: March 12 (Teleconference)
Topic(s): 
Velo Cardio Facial Syndrome: Recognition and Therapy for a Common Syndrome
Presenters:
Dr. Lorraine Potocki, Professor, Molecular and Human Genetics, Baylor College of Medicine

Date: March 10
Topic(s): Your Child and Anesthesia: Parents are Valued Team Members
Presenters: Dr. Lindsay Burrage, Assistant Professor, Molecular and Human Genetics, Baylor College of Medicine
Dr. Mary “Toni” Felberg, Assistant Professor, Pediatrics – Anesthesiology, Baylor College of Medicine

Date: Feb. 20
Topic(s): Advances in the Care and Research for Sickle Cell Disease (Teleconference)
Presenters: Dr. Alex George, Assistant Professor, Dept. Pediatrics, Section of Hematology, Texas Children’s Cancer Center and Hematology Service; Dr. Neil Hanchard, Assistant Professor, Molecular and Human Genetics, Baylor College of Medicine

Date: Feb. 17
Topic(s): "Marfan Syndrome: State of the Art Medical Care and Research News"
Panelists: Dr. John Belmont, Pediatric Geneticist, Texas Children’s Hospital; Dr. Shaine Morris, Pediatric Cardiologist, Texas Children’s Hospital; Andi Lewis, Genetic Counselor, Texas Children’s Hospital; Rod and Amie Gray, Parent Advocates

Date: Jan. 13
Topic(s): "Children with Special Healthcare Needs: Advocacy & Policy Issues for 2015"
Speakers: Dr. Carl Tapia, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Pediatrics, Texas Children’s Hospital; Rosie Valadez-McStay, M.P.H., Director of Government Relations, Texas Children’s Hospital.