'The Genome and EHDI- A Fascinating Couple'

The rapid advances in genetic testing have influenced almost every aspect of health care. Hearing loss is no exception. New genetic technologies allow for more accurate, more rapid and cheaper methods of searching the genome to identifying the etiology of hearing loss. Using these techniques, an etiology (cause) can now be identified in the majority of case. Identifying an etiology can be helpful in many aspects including simply knwoing 'why', identifying possible complicating medical conditions, defining prognosis, and providing family information. We will discuss the issues concerning genetic testing including how, why / why not, and family directed testing.

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Gerald "Brad" Schaefer

University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

Dr. Schaefer is a Professor of Genetics and Pediatrics at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS). He is the Founding Director of the Division of Medical Genetics and the Chief of the Section of Genetics and Metabolism in the Department of Pediatrics at UAMS. He is also the Medical Director of the Genetic Counseling Training program at UAMS. He is the inaugural holder of the Committee for the Future Endowed Chair in Medical Genetics. He has achieved board certification in Pediatrics, Human Genetics, and Pediatric Endocrinology. He has authored over 250 scientific articles, book chapters, and invited reviews. His clinical and research interests focus on the genetics of neurodevelopmental, neurosensory and neurobehavioral disorders; craniofacial genetics, medical transition for Children with Special Health Care needs; Tele-genetics services; and Newborn Screening follow up and infrastructure.

Closing Plenary
Grand Ballroom D,E,F
Tuesday March 6, 2012
3:55 PM - 4:45 PM