19664152 mmmainStephanie Smith's third child, Gage, was different from the start. He didn't cry like a normal baby, and as he grew, he missed most major milestones, she said.

Smith enrolled her son in physical therapy and sought answers from medical doctors, who couldn't pinpoint a problem with her son. They diagnosed his delay and provided a bleak prognosis that he might never learn to walk, talk or take care of himself.

Gage defied expectations and learned to communicate and read at a 3rd-grade level, Smith said. Then, when he was 9 years old, he began complaining about pain in his hips.

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Rare Disease Symposium 2016 Flyer page 002The University of Alabama at BirminghamChildren’s of Alabama and the Center for Genomic Medicine at UAB/HudsonAlpha will present the Rare Disease Genomics Symposium 2016, from 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 26, at the Bradley Lecture Center on the fourth floor of the Children’s Harbor Building, 1600 Sixth Ave. South.

The symposium, associated with Rare Disease Day, Feb. 29, is also co-sponsored by UAB Medicine Genetics, the Heflin Center for Genomic Sciences, and the Center for Clinical and Translational Science.

cgm logoAt the Center for Genomic Medicine Symposium 2016, you will learn more about the capabilities and benefits surrounding our synergistic approach to genomics. Hear talks from specialists and gain the opportunity to ask questions of a distinguished panel of experts. You will have the chance to tour the innovative HudsonAlpha facility, enjoy a networking lunch with your peers and discuss with colleagues over cocktails at the evening reception. Click here to register

WHEN: Wednesday, May 4, 2016 from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM (CDT)
WHERE: Jackson Center - 6001 Moquin Drive Northwest Huntsville, AL 35806
Ludwine MessiaenIt is easy to tell a medical research story that has a simple and dramatic moment. But disease is often much more complex, and the work to understand it can be painstaking.

A vivid example of that is seen in the UAB Medical Genomics Laboratory, headed by Ludwine Messiaen, Ph.D., professor of genetics. This lab offers clinical genetic testing for a broad array of common and rare genetic disorders. One of the most confounding is neurofibromatosis type 1.

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Ivan Moskowitz MD PhD flyer 003As part of the Genetics and Genomics Seminar Series, Ivan Moskowitz, M.D., Ph.D will present “Gene Regulatory Networks in Cardiac Development and Homeostasis.” Dr. Moskowitz is an associate professor of Pediatrics in the Department of Pathology & Human Genetics from the University of Chicago in Chicago, IL. He will present on Friday, January 29, 2016 at 12:00-1:00 p.m. in the Finley Conference Center