Every parent wants the best for their child, even before their offspring is born. This, of course, includes the best of health--ten fingers, ten toes, etc. But, what if, during the first 6-18 months of life, pronounced developmental and physical delays are noticeable? Hyperventilating, facial and hand spasms, and an undersized head, for example?

For the parents of 1 in every 10, 000 live births, these symptoms, among others, will  result in the diagnosis of Rett Syndrome (RTT). Previously confused with autism or cerebral palsy, Rett Syndrome almost exclusively occurs in girls, and effects all races and ethnicities.

Join us at 5PM in the Great Hall of CCNY on Thursday, April 7th at the Louis Levine-Gabriella de Beer Lecture in Genetics as renowned Rett Syndrome expert Dr. Huda Y. Zoghbi sheds some light on this rare postnatal neurological disorder, including its discovery, its cause, and methods of treatment. Dr. Zoghbi is the Ralph D. Feigin Scholar of Pediatrics, Molecular, and Human Genetics at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. She is also an investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and the Director of the Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute. Dr. Zoghbi is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including the March of Dimes Prize in Developmental Biology, and the Bristol-Nyers Squibb Neuroscience Distinguished Achievement Award.

Please call 212-650-7192 to RSVP today.  

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