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Abstract submissions are now open! Please click here to submit your abstract! Abstract submissions close February 17.

The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) invite you to attend the 2019 Heart and Soul Workshop, which will bring together world experts on gene dosage effects in brain and cardiac development. Copy number variations in 7q11.23 (Williams Syndrome and the Duplication 7 syndrome) as well as in 22q11.2 (deletion and duplication syndromes) will serve as model conditions for this discussion. Speakers and participants will describe genotype-phenotype links, the molecular mechanisms by which gene dosage results in the syndrome phenotypes, and potential for therapeutic intervention, thus providing a rich and unique learning environment.

Trainees are welcome to attend and are encouraged to present. Short presentations will be selected from abstracts and a poster session is planned. Abstract awards will also be given.

The meeting will occur over two days on the NIH Bethesda campus and will include a dynamic range of invited speakers with clinical and scientific expertise in Williams-Beuren deletion or duplication syndromes (7q11.23) and 22q11.2 deletion and duplication. Topics will include clinical, neurobehavioral, and neuroimaging phenotypes; cardiovascular disease; genetics, and treatment strategies. Animal models will also be highlighted. Abstract submitters are invited to address topics related to Williams/22q that include or extend beyond the heart and brain.

The meeting will begin at 8:00am on April 2nd, 2019 and conclude by 5:30pm on April 3rd, 2019.

Invited speakers include:

  • Dr. Antonio Baldini, Consiglio Nationale delle Ricerche
  • Dr. Carrie Bearden, UCLA
  • Dr. Karen Berman, NIMH, Intramural Research Program
  • Dr. Caroline Burns, Harvard Medical School/Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Dr. William Gaynor, Children's Hospital of Pennsylvania
  • Dr. Daniel Greif, Yale School of Medicine
  • Dr. Elizabeth Goldmuntz, Children's Hospital of Pennsylvania
  • Dr. Joshua Gordon, Director, NIMH, Intramural Research Program
  • Dr. Raquel Gur, University of Pennsylvania
  • Dr. Beth Kozel, NHLBI, Intramural Research Program
  • Dr. Anthony LaMantia, George Washington University
  • Dr. Thomas Lehner, NIMH, Intramural Research Program
  • Dr. Mark Levin, NHLBI, Intramural Research Program
  • Dr. Bruno Marino, University of Rome
  • Dr. Andrew Matisoff, Children's National Health Center
  • Prof. Donna McDonald-McGinn, Children’s Hospital of Pennsylvania
  • Dr. Robert Mecham, Washington University School of Medicine
  • Dr. Carolyn Mervis, University of Louisville
  • Dr. Bernice Morrow, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
  • Dr. Lucy Osborne, University of Toronto
  • Dr. Elaine Ostrander, NHGRI, Intramural Research Program
  • Dr. Barbara Pober, Harvard Medical School/Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Dr. Armin Raznahan, NIMH, Intramural Research Program
  • Dr. Stephanie Ware, Indiana University School of Medicine

Collaborations: Funding for this Workshop was provided by NHLBI and NIMH. Refreshments supported by the Williams Syndrome Association (WSA) and the International 22q11.2 Foundation.

Hotel information coming soon.

For questions related to the meeting, please contact: Ms. Laurie Steiger | Phone: 301-594-3384 | Email: laurie.steiger@nih.gov

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