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Evenings with Genetics
Evenings with Genetics
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2007 Seminars

Date: Nov. 6
Topic: "The Genetics of Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease: A Personal Journey"
Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease, commonly an inherited neurological disorder, affects approximately 150,000 Americans. The disease affects muscle and nerve function in patients' arms and legs, which leads to muscular weakness and atrophy.
Speaker: Dr. James Lupski, Vice Chair, Department of Molecular and Human Genetics, Baylor College of Medicine

Date: Oct. 9
Topic: "Challenges in the care of people with mitochondrial disorders"
Mitochondria are tiny structures found in all the cells in our bodies and produce most of the energy we need to function normally. Since almost all of the organs of the body rely on mitochondria for energy, people suffering from a mitochondrial disorder may have a wide range of symptoms, including exercise intolerance, muscle or heart weakness, diabetes, strokes, or vision and hearing loss, or they may have only mild signs of the disorder. Mitochondrial disorders are due to changes or mutations in the genes that are the blueprint for normal development and health. Treatments are available for many of the symptoms and current studies hope to improve the diagnosis and treatment of children and adults.
Speakers: Dr. Fernando Scaglia, Associate Professor, Department of Molecular and Human Genetics, Baylor College of Medicine; Dr. William Craigen, Associate Professor, Departments of Molecular and Human Genetics, Baylor College of Medicine; Debra Schindler, President of Houston Chapter of United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation.

Date: Sept. 11
Topic: "Genetics of Osteoporosis and Brittle Bone Diseases"
Osteoporosis is a common disease of adulthood, but it has its roots in childhood. Both environmental and genetic factors contribute to this problem and patients suffer from bone fractures and pain. Brittle bone disease in children and adults is one of several examples of genetic diseases that can cause osteoporosis and fractures.
Speakers: Dr. Brendan Lee, Professor, Department of Molecular and Human Genetics, Baylor College of Medicine; Lisa Walker, Parent advocate

Date: June 5
Topic: "Approaches to treatment of genetic diseases: enzyme replacement therapy for lysosomal disorders"
Speaker: Dr. Christine Eng, Department of Molecular and Human Genetics, Baylor College of Medicine

Date: May 15
Topic: "Sickle Cell Disease: Update on Genetics, Care and Research"
Speakers: Dr. Chester Brown, Department of Molecular and Human Genetics, Baylor College of Medicine; Dr. Brigitta Mueller, Director, Texas Children’s Sickle Cell Center

Date: April 24
Topic: "Expanded Newborn Screening in Texas: why early detection is so important"
Speaker: Dr. V. Reid Sutton, Assistant Professor, Department of Molecular and Human Genetics, Baylor College of Medicine

Date: March 27
Topic: "Understanding William Syndrome: How do genes affect language and behavior?"
Speakers: Dr. Jonathan Berg, Department of Molecular and Human Genetics, Baylor College of Medicine; Gordon Biescar, President, William Syndrome Association

Date: Feb. 20, 2007
Topic: "We have learned so much in the past 5 years! Genetic and Cardiology update on Marfan Syndrome."
Speakers: Dr. John Belmont, Professor, Department of Molecular and Human Genetics, Baylor College of Medicine; Dr. Jeff Towbin, Chief, Pediatrics Cardiology, Texas Children’s Hospital

Date: Jan. 30, 2007
Topic: "Genetics of congenital hearing loss: how early evaluation, diagnosis and treatment can help your child."
Speakers: Dr. Daryl Scott, Assistant Professor, Department of Molecular and Human Genetics, Baylor College of Medicine; Dr. John Oghalai, Assistant Professor, Otorhinolaryngology, Baylor College of Medicine

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