NEW YORK, N.Y.—March 12, 2007
|DATE:||Friday, March 16, 2007
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
|PLACE:||Hospital for Special Surgery
Richard L. Menschel Education Center - 2nd Floor
535 East 70th Street
New York, NY 10021
|EXPERTS:||Co-chairing the symposium will be:
Cathleen L. Raggio, M.D., Assistant Attending Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgeon, Co-Director, the Kathryn and Alan C. Greenberg Center for Skeletal Dysplasias, Hospital for Special Surgery
Jessica G. Davis, M.D., Associate Attending Pediatrician (Genetics), Co-Director, the Kathryn and Alan C. Greenberg Center for Skeletal Dysplasias, Hospital for Special Surgery
Victor A. McKusick, M.D., University Professor of Medical Genetics, Department of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University
Dr. McKusick is a physician-scientist widely acknowledged as the father of genetic medicine.
|RELATED INFORMATION:||News Tip Sheet|
Skeletal dysplasia is an umbrella term for a group of more than 200 genetic conditions that are characterized by differences in the size and shape of the limbs, trunk, and/or skull, all of which can impact stature.
Although individually rare, collectively there are a significant number of individuals with the various dysplasias. It is estimated that 14,000 to 27,000 babies in the United States are born each year with some form of skeletal dysplasia. Specialized treatment is available in a limited number of centers across the country.
"Health-care professionals working with children and adults need to understand the radiological, clinical and genetic classification and diagnosis of skeletal dysplasias," said Dr. Cathleen L. Raggio. "They also need to understand what services are available for individuals with skeletal dysplasia over the course of their lifespan. This program will educate professionals on the holistic multidisciplinary care of both patients and their families."
"An Overview of Skeletal Dysplasias: Surgical, Genetic and Medical Management" will include presentations on: