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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) Department of Genetics and the UAB-HudsonAlpha Center for Genomic Medicine, will host the 4th annual Rare Disease Symposium on Friday, March 3, at 8 a.m. in the Bradley Lecture Center (4th Floor, Children’s Harbor Building, 1600 6th Ave. S., Birmingham, 35233). The day-long conference is open to the public and will commemorate Rare Disease Day, which is an international event created to raise awareness around uncommon conditions affecting children and adults worldwide.

“The Rare Disease Genomics Symposium this year will focus on how genomic testing can fit into routine medical practice. We will have talks on indications for testing, interpretation of results, and the value of genomic testing in patient care, including diagnosis and treatment,” said Bruce Korf, M.D., Ph.D., chair of the UAB Department of Genetics. It is specifically targeted towards healthcare professionals who are not experts in genetics and genomics. We will also have a panel of consumers who will help to place the new opportunities in genomic medicine into perspective. This year, we also have the privilege of hosting an art exhibit ‘Beyond the Diagnosis,’ which will be on display at Children’s of Alabama.”

The keynote speaker is Debbie Krakow, M.D., an internationally recognized expert on the diagnosis and management of skeletal disorders. Dr. Krakow is a professor of human genetics and orthopedic surgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA). She is also co-director of the UCLA International Skeletal Dysplasia Registry, a referral center that focuses on clinical diagnoses and the molecular biology of genetic bone diseases. In addition to her clinical work as a medical geneticist and maternal fetal medicine physician, Dr. Krakow directs a laboratory that has identified the genetic and cellular basis of skeletal diseases.

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 $35. Complimentary continental breakfast, 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. 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, 46 other states and seven foreign countries last year, representing more than 676,000 outpatient visits and more than 15,000 inpatient admissions. With more than 2 million square feet, it is the third largest pediatric medical facility in the U.S. Children’s offers inpatient and outpatient services across its Russell Campus on Birmingham’s historic Southside with additional specialty services provided at Children’s South, Children’s on 3rd and in Huntsville and Montgomery. Primary care is provided at more than a dozen medical offices in communities across central Alabama. Children’s of Alabama is the only medical center in Alabama dedicated solely to the care and treatment of children. It is a private, not-for-profit medical center that serves as the primary site of the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) pediatric medicine, surgery, psychiatry, research and residency programs. More information is available at