The Department of Molecular and Human Genetics at Baylor College of Medicine is taking its popular seminar series on the road this summer. With funding from the Texas Department of Health Services, informational seminars about a variety of genetic disorders including autism, congenital heart defects, and Down syndrome will be held in El Paso, San Antonio, Arlington and Temple.

Summer 2011 schedule

El Paso

"Autism Spectrum Disorders: Overview and Update," featuring Dr. Robin Kochel, assistant professor of pediatrics at BCM.

Saturday, June 25, 9:30–11 a.m.

El Paso Community College
ASC Building A Boardroom
9050 Viscount Blvd.

San Antonio

"Updates on genetics and medical care for children with congenital heart defects," featuring Dr. John Belmont, professor of molecular and human genetics at BCM and Texas Children's Hospital, and Dr. Steve Neish, cardiologist at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio

Saturday, July 9, 9:30–11 a.m.

Witte Museum
3801 Broadway


"Updates on care and development for children with Down Syndrome," featuring Dr. Mary Kukolich, geneticist with Cook Children's Hospital in Fort Worth, and Dr. Sherry Sellers Vinson, associate professor of pediatrics – developmental at BCM and Texas Children's Hospital

Saturday, July 23, 9:30 – 11:00 a.m.

Bob Duncan Community Center
2800 S. Center Street


"Medical and genetic issues in children with special needs: how to help your child," featuring Dr. Maria Blazo and Dr. Sheila Dobyns, both geneticists with Scott and White Healthcare

Friday, Aug. 26, 9:30–11 a.m.

Bell County Expo Center
301 West Loop 121

How to register

All seminars are free and open to the public. To register, complete the online registration form or contact Susan Fernbach at 832-822-4182 or

Resource fairs also held

Directly following the seminars, resource fairs for children with special needs will be held. These are open to the public and will include community organizations that give information about health, activities, support organizations and other resources.