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Genomic insights into Human Morphogenesis

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An IUSSTF sponsored event on "Genomic insights into Human Morphogenesis" in Hyderbad, India.

Indian PI - Ashwin Dalal, Diagnostics Division, Centre for DNA Fingerprinting and Diagnostics, Hyderabad

US PI - John C Carey, Healthcare-Pediatric, University of Utah Salt Lake City, UT

The relative contribution of congenital malformations to neonatal mortality and morbidity is being increasingly recognized in India following improvements in immunization programme and perinatal care.  Hence, the need for the care of malformed children and genetic counseling for such families is gaining attention. A genetic diagnosis is now increasingly being sought by parents as well as health professionals engaged in providing health care to such families. Further the recent availability of advanced molecular techniques like microarray and next generation sequencing have made it possible to identify the causative gene/mutation in a number of malformation syndromes. However we still do not have information regarding genetic etiology of a number of malformation syndromes and a lot of research interest is being diverted to this aspect too. India, with its large population base, has a large number of patients with malformations/malformation syndromes. Many cases with novel findings have been reported from India. Proper clinical delineation, genetic counseling, prenatal diagnosis and research aimed towards identification of genes will go a long way to decrease disease burden in society due to these conditions.

Towards this end, the two day symposium, with eminent clinicians and scientists from India and USA, aims to deliberate various aspects of normal and abnormal human morphogenesis: developmental genetics, clinical evaluation and prenatal imaging for malformations/ malformation syndromes, diagnostic testing, pathophysiology, treatment, supportive care, genetic counseling, prevention and prenatal diagnosis, use of advanced techniques like microarray, next generation sequencing for elucidation of genetic etiology etc. 

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