Making a diagnosis for a genetic or rare disease can often be challenging. Healthcare professionals typically look at a person’s medical history, symptoms, physical exam, and laboratory test results in order to make a diagnosis. The following resources provide information relating to diagnosis and testing for this condition. If you have questions about getting a diagnosis, you should contact a healthcare professional.
Nonprofit support and advocacy groups bring together patients, families, medical professionals, and researchers. These groups often raise awareness, provide support, and develop patient-centered information. Many are the driving force behind research for better treatments and possible cures. They can direct people to research, resources, and services. Many groups also have experts who serve as medical advisors. Visit their website or contact them to learn about the services they offer. Inclusion on this list is not an endorsement by GARD.
These resources provide more information about this condition or associated symptoms. The in-depth resources contain medical and scientific language that may be hard to understand. You may want to review these resources with a medical professional.
The 11th Annual North American Genetic Analysis of ABC Transporters Workshop
Wednesday, September 24, 2014 -
Thursday, September 25, 2014
Location: NCI-Frederick, Frederick, MD
Description: This workshop features presentations from graduate students, post-docs., and senior investigators studying the role of ATP Cassette Binding Proteins in human disease. Phylogenetic studies, model systems, and bioinformatic techniques that shed light in this rapidly developing research area are presented. Because student presentations predominate, unpublished results often are first disclosed at these workshops.
Contact: Dr. Michael Dean,(301) 846-5931,email@example.com
Co-funding Institute(s): National Cancer Institute, Office of Rare Diseases Research
Gordon Research Conference – Intermediate Filaments
Saturday, June 14, 2014 -
Friday, June 20, 2014
Location: Mount Snow Resort, West Dover, VT
The 2014 GRC-Intermediate Filaments will include short talks, discussions, and poster presentations from the leaders in the field. It will provides several functional perspectives with an emphasis on the paradigm shifting notion that IFs are not only structural proteins but also play essential roles as signaling organizers and buffers of cellular stress, which contribute to number of disease pathologies. There will be robust discussions on how mutations in the IF genes encoding these IF proteins are responsible for rare diseases, such as epidermolysis bullosa simplex (EBS), but extending into the entire list of rare diseases outlined above. Discussions will be focused on how cell biology and physiology efforts are providing unique therapeutic approaches to the highly complex disorders, such as those caused by lamin A/C gene mutations, which are involved in Progeria.
Contact: Carl C. Baker, M.D., Ph.D.,(301) 594-5017,firstname.lastname@example.org
Co-funding Institute(s): National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, Office of Rare Diseases Research
Fifth International Conference on Pediatric Mechanical Circulatory Support Systems and Pediatric Cardiopulmonary Perfusion
Thursday, May 28, 2009 -
Saturday, May 30, 2009
Location: Hilton Anatole, Dallas, TX
Description: The main objective of this conference was to focus on the current problems associated with pediatric cardiac patients during and after acute or chronic cardiac support. At this conference, we brought together many distinguished physicians and scientists to define precisely the current problems and to suggest solutions with novel approaches.
Contact: Dr. Frank Evans, NHLBI301-402-2647
Co-funding Institute(s): National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
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