Rare Disease Symposium 2021 728 x 90 digitalRS
Friday, March 4
12:00 - 4:30 p.m.

The University of Alabama at BirminghamChildren’s of Alabama, Alabama Rare and the Alabama Genomic Initiative will host the 9th Annual Rare Disease Genomics Symposium via Zoom on Friday, March 4 from 12 to 4:30 p.m. This year's symposium will focus on science and research related to telehealth and therapeutic advances. The symposium is free. 

Agendas and registration can be found below. 

Keynote Address

Building Virtual Models in Genetics – the Dream Home 
Natasha Shur, M.D.
Children’s National Health System
Washington, DC


Registration is free. 


Symposium Agenda

12:00 - 1:30

Telemedicine: Remote Health Challenges


Nathaniel H. Robin, MD, FACMG
Medical Director, Genetics
UAB Medicine
Professor, Department of Genetics

12:00 - 12:30

Keynote: Building Virtual Models in Genetics – the Dream Home 

Natasha Shur, MD
Children’s National Health System
Washington, DC

12:30 - 1:00

Telemedicine Clinic Challenges

Eric Wallace, MD, FASN
Associate Professor of Medicine
UAB eMedicine, Medical Director
Rare Genetic Kidney Disease Clinic\Division of Nephrology Department of Medicine

1:00 - 1:30

Telemedicine Panel

Moderator: Anna C. E. Hurst, MD, MS, FACMG 
Eric Wallace, MD, FASN 
Nathaniel H. Robin, MD, FACMG 
Bruce Korf, MD, PhD 
Natasha Shur, MD 
Asiah Borden, BS

1:45 - 3:15

Novel Therapeutics


Matt Might, PhD
Director, Hugh Kaul Precision Medicine Institute
Hugh Kaul Endowed Chair in Personalized Medicine

1:45 - 2:15

Antisense Oligonucleotide Therapeutics for Rare Neurological Diseases 

Frank Bennett, PhD
Chief Scientific Officer and Neurology
Franchise Leader
Ionis Pharmaceuticals

2:15 - 2:45

Using CRISPR to Create Precision Animal Models of Rare Diseases

Laura Lambert, PhD
Assistant Professor 
Co-Director of UAB Transgenic & Genetically Engineered Models Core 
Department of Genetics, UAB

2:45 - 3:15

Therapeutics Panel

Moderator: Matt Might, PhD 
Q & A Moderator: Emily K. Johnson, BS 
Deeann Wallis, PhD 
Brittany Lasseigne, PhD Camerron Crowder, PhD 
Renie Moss, BS

3:30 - 4:30

Patient and Parent Advocate Panel: Finding Your Voice through Vulnerability

Moderator: Swapna Kakani 
Q & A Moderator: Brooke Thomas 
Morgan Cheek 
Effie Parks 
Seth Rotberg 
Ashley Valentine 

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Contact Alli Romack at alfaun@uab.edu for questions.