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Medical Professionals Invited to Participate in Rare Disease Genomics Symposium held at Children's of Alabama
BIRMINGHAM – Children’s of Alabama, the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) and the Center for Genomic Medicine at UAB/HudsonAlpha, will host the third-annual Rare Disease Symposium on Friday, Feb. 26, at 8 a.m. in the Bradley Lecture Center (Children’s Harbor Building, 1600 6th Ave. S., Birmingham, 35233). The day-long conference is open to the public and will celebrate Rare Disease Day, which is an international event created to raise awareness around uncommon conditions affecting children and adults worldwide.

“Genomic approaches are providing increasingly powerful tools for the diagnosis and treatment of rare disorders,” said Dr. Bruce Korf, M.D., Ph.D., chair of the UAB Department of Genetics. “This accelerating progress is a source of great hope to patients and families, and makes it ever more necessary for physicians to stay current. We are fortunate to have two internationally known geneticists from outside UAB as well as outstanding speakers from the UAB community to join us in commemorating Rare Disease Day and helping to educate our faculty and staff about this rapidly progressing area of medicine.”

Keynote speakers include Robert Green, M.D., M.P.H. and Douglas R. Stewart, M.D. Green is a geneticist and physician-scientist who directs the G2P Research Program in translational genomics and health outcomes in the Division of Genetics at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School. Stewart is a physician-scientist and investigator for the National Cancer Institute’s Clinical Genetics Branch in Bethesda, Md.

Topics for medical professionals will include approaches to whole genome sequencing, an update on rare and complex disorders including rare pediatric cancers and tuberous sclerosis complex, as well as the latest on pediatric cancer genetic counseling.

Children’s of Alabama designates this live activity for a maximum of 5.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Children’s of Alabama is accredited by the Medical Association of the State of Alabama to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Registration is now open and the cost to attend is $15. Complimentary lunch and parking are included with registration. Online registration is available at For more information, please contact Shaila Handattu at

Since 1911, Children’s of Alabama has provided specialized medical care for ill and injured children, offering inpatient and outpatient services throughout central Alabama. Ranked among the best pediatric medical centers in the nation by US News & World Report, Children’s provided care for youngsters from every county in Alabama, 42 other states and 10 foreign countries last year, representing more than 653,000 outpatient visits and nearly 14,000 inpatient admissions. With more than 2 million square feet, Children’s is the third largest pediatric medical facility in the U.S. More information is available at