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Genetics Conference 2013

Genetics to Genomics: The Future and Beyond!

June 22, 2013: Dallas at the Westin Galleria
June 29, 2013: Austin at the AT&T Conference Center
July 13, 2013: San Antonio at the Grand Hyatt

Tens of thousands of Texas babies are born each year with genetic disorders. Attend the Free Genetics Conference 2013 to learn about advances in genetics and genomics, including clinical implications of whole exome and genome sequencing. Topics will include when to test, the impact on patients, ethical dilemmas and more.

This activity has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM.

Visit the Conference website for information on continuing education for nurses and physicians.

Register or Questions? or call Amanda Martinez 512-474-2166.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, genomics is a term that describes the study of all the genes in a person, as well as interactions of those genes with each other and with that person’s environment. Why is it important to know this? Full genome sequencing is becoming more and more common as testing costs go down. Clinicians need to know why and when to order these tests, and what the tests can and cannot do for their patients.  Clinicians need to be prepared for test results that raise ethical dilemmas.  Attend the conference to explore these issues.

When Does A Child Need Genetic Services?

If one or more of the following applies to a child you know, he or she might need genetic services. Please contact your local genetic service provider for more information about referrals or call 1-800-252-8023 for referral to a genetic service provider.

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Birth Defects Unusual Physical Features
Cataracts Ears
Cleft lip and/or cleft palate Ear pits or tags
Congenital heart disease Unusually shaped ears
Diaphragmatic hernia Eyes
Genital malformations Different colored eyes
Glaucoma Down slanting eyes
Misshapen skull Epicanthal folds
Missing fingers or toes Up slanting eyes
Missing or incomplete limbs Wide-spaced eyes
Spina bifida  
Other congenital anomalies Face
  Facial asymmetry
Chronic Disease Hair
Bleeding disorders Brittle or sparse hair
Childhood cancers Excessive body hair
Kidney or urinary tract disease White patch of hair
Slow growth or short stature  
Cystic fibrosis Mouth
Degenerative disease Large or small tongue
Thalassemia Misshapen teeth
Other chronic disease Missing or extra teeth
  Smooth philtrum
Developmental Problems Thin upper lip
Attention deficit/hyperactivity Skeletal
Developmental delay Loose joints
Failure to thrive Unusually tall or short stature
Learning disability Webbing between fingers or toes
Low muscle tone  
Mental illness Skin
Mental retardation Excessive skin
Regression Increased or decreased sweating
Speech problems Many birthmarks
  Any other unusual features
Sensory Deficits  
Extreme farsightedness  
Extreme nearsightedness  
Hearing loss  



When Does An Adult Need Genetic Services?

Any of the following could indicate a need for genetic services. Please contact your local genetic service provider for more information about referrals or call 1-800-252-8023 for referral to a genetic service provider.

Ethnic Background Family History
Jewish or French Canadian Acute intermittent porphyria
Afro-American or East Indian Auto immune diseases
Asian, Greek, or Italian Alzheimer’s disease
  Birth defects
Medical History Blindness
Birth defects Cancer - especially breast or colon
Blindness Cleft lip or palate
Diabetes Congenital heart disease
Cancer Cystic fibrosis
Carrier status for inherited disorders Deafness
Degenerative diseases Degenerative disease
Hearing loss Down syndrome
Mental retardation Dwarfism
Mental illness Early onset (under 35) cancer
Other genetic disease ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­____________ Early onset (under 35) emphysema
  Early onset (under 35) heart disease
Reproductive History Fragile X syndrome
Advanced paternal age (45 or older) Galactosemia
Advanced maternal age (34 or older) Hemophilia or bleeding disorder
Two or more miscarriages Huntington’s disease
Stillbirths Hydrocephalus
Previous children with birth defects Infant or childhood death
Previous children with learning delays Mental retardation
Unexplained infertility Muscular dystrophy
Pregnancy Exposures Including:* Polycystic kidney disease
Alcohol Sickle cell trait
Cat litter box Spina bifida
Chemicals Tay-Sachs carrier
High fever Thalassemia trait
Infection Other genetic disease ____________
Prescription and other medications  
Recreational drugs  
Pregnancy complicated by medical problems such as asthma, lupus, diabetes, seizures, etc.  

*Call Teratogen Hotline (1-855-884-7248 ) for more information regarding exposures during current or post pregnancies.

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Last updated April 09, 2013