On June 1, the 2018 Marilyn R. Lindenauer Distinguished Speaker Series hosted a panel of experts that discussed “Cerebral Palsy and Genetics: Learning What We Don’t Know” at the prestigious Faculty Club in Columbia University Irving Medical Center (CUIMC).
The Cerebral Palsy and Genetics panel was moderated by David P. Roye, Jr., MD, Executive Director, Weinberg Family CP Center, Department of Orthopedic Surgery and included experts in genomic medicine, pediatrics, pathology, OB/GYN, and orthopedics:
- Vimla Aggarwal, MBBS
Assistant Director, Laboratory of Personalized Genomic Medicine, Department of Pathology
- Kwame Anyane-Yeboa, MD
Interim Director, Division of Clinical Genetics, Department of Pediatrics
- Mary D’Alton, MD
Chair, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology
- Donna Garey, MD
Medical Director, Neonatal Followup Program, Department of Pediatrics
- David Goldstein, Ph.D.
Director, Institute for Genomic Medicine, Columbia Vagelos College of Physicians & Surgeons
- Joshua Hyman, MD
Associate Director, Weinberg Family CP Center, Department of Orthopedic Surgery
- Charles Marboe, MD
Vice Chair, Department of Pathology and Cell Biology
Over the last few years, studies have revealed that at least 30% of CP has a genetic basis. However, the suspicion is that even more CP cases have a genetic basis that we have not yet established. Our interest is to develop projects that will allow us to identify these important genetic relationships. The issues discussed by the panel will have important implications for patient care – “precision medicine” for CP. This was the first Lindenauer lecture to feature a panel of experts, presenting a multidisciplinary view into cutting-edge cerebral palsy and genetics research, and the discussion concluded with a brief Q&A with the audience.
The Speaker Series was established by Drs. S. Martin and Ms. Marilyn R. Lindenauer in 2013 and provides an opportunity for the Weinberg Family Cerebral Palsy Center to host lectures by medical professionals from around the globe to discuss groundbreaking new ideas and emerging technologies related to cerebral palsy patients.