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Dwarfism topic of monthly genetic series

Short stature and dwarfism will be the topic of discussion in a public seminar Feb. 16 at the Health Museum of Houston.

About two out of 100 children have short stature, which can be caused by a variety of genetic conditions such as dwarfism, brittle bone syndromes or a growth hormone deficiency.

The forum will feature Dr. V. Reid Sutton, associate professor of molecular and human genetics at Baylor College of Medicine, and Stephanie O’Connor, physical therapist at Texas Children's Hospital, who will offer information about genetic causes of the disease and give physical therapy tips.

Sponsored by BCM and Texas Children’s Hospital, the event is part of the monthly “Evening with Genetics” lecture series organized by BCM’s department of molecular and human genetics. The series offers current information regarding care, education and research about genetic disorders.

The program is free and open to the public. It will be held at 7 p.m. at The Health Museum of Houston, 1515 Hermann Dr. For more information, contact Susan Fernbach at (832) 822-4182 or fernbach@bcm.edu.