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Fragile X syndrome topic of monthly genetics series

A discussion on Fragile X syndrome, a genetic disorder involving changes in part of the X chromosome, will be held in a public forum Tuesday, Sept. 14, at The Health Museum of Houston.

The forum will feature Dr. David L. Nelson, professor of molecular and human genetics at Baylor College of Medicine, and Dr. Diane Treadwell-Deering, assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at BCM and chief of psychiatry and psychology service at Texas Children's Hospital. J. Brad Whitus, vice president of the National Fragile X Foundation, will also speak at the forum.

The group will lead a discussion on recent updates and new plans with research and treatment of Fragile X syndrome.

Fragile X syndrome is the most common form of inherited mental disability in males and is also seen in females.

Sponsored by BCM and Texas Children's, 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