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Brendan Lee, M.D., Ph.D.

For the second year, top geneticists from around the world gathered for the Joint Symposium in Clinical Genetics and 14th Asia Pacific Congress in Maternal Fetal Medicine in Hong Kong. Organized in partnership by the Department of Molecular and Human Genetics at Baylor College of Medicine, the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the Department of Pediatrics at the Chinese University of Hong Kong and the School of Life Sciences at Fundan University, the symposium was held May 18-21 at the Yasumoto International Academic Park at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

The symposium connects experts and leaders in the field from Baylor with those in Hong Kong and across Asia to educate and update clinicians and scientists on the application of clinical genetics to genomic medicine and to highlight cutting-edge technologies and scientific discoveries in clinical genetics and genomics.

“This year’s meeting brought together students and practitioners from all over Asia who are focused on pediatric genetics, cancer genetics and prenatal genetics,” said Dr. Brendan Lee, the Robert and Janice Endowed Chair and Professor and chair of molecular and human genetics at Baylor and founding member of the symposium. “The symposium provides an important platform to share best practices and state-of-the-art research in the areas of neurological, cardiovascular and metabolic genetic diseases, to review cancer genetic testing and diagnostics and to discuss the different approaches for non-invasive prenatal testing.” 

Diana Bianchi, director of the National Institutes of Health Eunice Kennedy National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, presented her research in the detection of occult cancers in the course of non-invasive prenatal screening, a highlight of the symposium.

Leading Baylor faculty, including Drs. Huda Zoghbi, Arthur Beaudet, Shashikant Kulkarni, Christine Eng, Sharon Plon, Fernando Scaglia, Igna Van Den Veyver, Sau Wai Cheung and Lee, participated in this meeting of genetics, pediatric and maternal-fetal medicine experts. 

“I hope to see this symposium continue to grow and attract both established and future stars in the field. The symposium is a crucial educational resource for geneticists and pediatricians in Asia and contributes to advancing research and patient care,” Lee said.