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Congenital adrenal hyperplasia focus of monthly genetic series

 Congenital adrenal hyperplasia, a genetic disorder of the adrenal gland, will be the topic of discussion at a public forum May 8 at the Children's Museum of Houston.

The forum will feature Dr. Maria New, professor of pediatrics and genomics at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, Dr. Laurence McCullough, professor in the Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy at Baylor College of Medicine and a patient advocate.

Long-term management of disorder

People with congenital adrenal hyperplasia lack an enzyme needed by the adrenal gland to make the hormones cortisol and aldosterone. Cortisol is needed to respond to stress and maintain blood sugar levels. Aldosterone is needed to maintain a normal fluid volume in the body. The disorder affects both males and females.

This seminar will focus on the long-term management and outcomes for children with congenital adrenal hyperplasia, as well as ethical issues regarding treatment.

Monthly offering

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 Children's Museum of Houston, 1500 Binz, 77004. For more information, contact Susan Fernbach at 832-822-4182 or