Matawan, NJ (PRWEB) June 01, 2012 -- The International 22q11.2 Foundation Inc., an organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for people affected by chromosome 22q11.2 abnormalities through family and professional partnerships, is acting as the lead sponsor for the 8th Biennial International 22q11.2DS Conference in Orlando, FL, from July 6 -10th. This event is the most comprehensive gathering of its kind for professionals and families to network, share ideas and learn about cutting-edge trends in basic science research, medical, dental, educational and psycho-social issues related to 22q11.2DS.
Families, clinicians, scientists and educators from around the world are invited to participate. The event will include platform presentations on a wide range of topics ranging from research findings and clinical care to educational and behavioral strategies related to a multitude of birth defects including, but not limited to, congenital heart disease, cleft lip and palate, neural tube defects, and congenital brain malformations.
For participating families, expanded question and answer periods provide opportunities for parent-professional dialogue and this is a terrific chance to network with other affected individuals and families. For participating professionals, the conference can meet continuing education requirements including accreditations and certifications through The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. For more information on continuing education, please visit http://www.22qconference.com. Medical students are also welcome.
Registration, additional conference and organization information and the full meeting agenda can be found at http://www.22qconference.com.
The 22q11.2 syndromes (22q11.2DS) are caused by a missing or extra piece section (microdeletion or micro duplication) of chromosome 22, which is present from conception and generally found in every body cell. Although there is no cure for the 22q11.2DS, many therapies and medical interventions are available to help address associated symptoms. The earlier symptoms are detected, the more doctors can do to help. The 22q11.2 deletion syndrome is present in at least one of every 2,000 live births; in one in 68 children born with congenital heart disease; and in five to eight percent of children born with cleft palate; and is almost as common as Down syndrome, but is much less widely-known, partially because it was previously called by a number of clinical names (DiGeorge syndrome, velocardiofacial syndrome, CTAF, etc.) before the underlying cause was known to be a missing piece of chromosome that causes a wide range of health problems. The 22q11.2 duplication syndrome is about half as common as the deletion. Regardless if the deletion or duplication is present, no two affected people are ever exactly alike, and not every person with the deletion or duplication is affected in the same way. Though not always present, key characteristics include combinations and varying degrees of heart defects, feeding and gastrointestinal difficulties, problems with the immune system such as difficulty fighting infection and autoimmune diseases, growth differences, palate differences such as cleft lip/cleft palate, endocrine problems such as with low calcium or thyroid disease, cognitive and speech delay, and behavioral/emotional differences (ADHD, autism, anxiety, etc.)
About The International 22q11.2 Foundation, Inc.
The International 22q11.2 Foundation was founded in 2003. The mission of the Foundation is to raise the public profile of chromosome 22q11.2 syndromes. The Foundation is made up of a group of parents and professionals who volunteer their time and talents to further promote awareness and connect families, healthcare providers, and teaching professionals with information and resources. They are responsible for supporting educational and fundraising events and conferences. For more information, please visit http://www.22q.org.