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Fragile X Syndrome: World-Renowned Expert To Discuss Latest Research, Treatment and Advocacy Efforts for Most Common Known Cause of Autism

Live Web cast available to hear expert answer questions about most common genetic disorder


WHAT: World-renowned Fragile X Syndrome expert, Randi Jenssen Hagerman, MD, FAAP, will discuss the latest research, treatment and advocacy efforts. Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, along with the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Department of Pediatrics and Center for Continuing Education in the Health Sciences, is hosting this special continuing medical education event. This event also will be available via live Web cast on Children's Web site.

Fragile X, which is largely misdiagnosed, is the most common known cause of autism and of mental impairment. Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh has a center for the research and treatment of Fragile X Syndrome. The center also has established the first national registry of Fragile X patients, which will allow for treatment studies and a more thorough review of symptoms.

WHO: Randi Jenssen Hagerman, MD, FAAP , Medical Director, MIND Institute, Tsakopoulos - Vismara Chair in Pediatrics, University of California Davis Medical Center, Sacramento, Calif.

Dr. Hagerman, who has more than 20 years of clinical work and research experience, has focused on molecular clinical correlations and treatment endeavors of this disorder. Two of the books she has authored are a third edition of Fragile X Syndrome: Diagnosis, Treatment and Research, and Neurodevelopmental Disorders: Diagnosis and Treatment , which covers a broad array of disorders that impact cognitive development and behavior and documents multidisciplinary interventions including medical, psychopharmacological and educational treatments.

Dr. Hagerman co-founded the National Fragile X Foundation in Denver in 1984. She sits on its board and its Scientific and Clinical Advisory Committee. She also is a scientific adviser to the Conquer Fragile X Foundation and is on the Advisory Board of the Northern and Southern California Fragile X Associations.

WHEN: 8 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 15, 2005

Options for Attending: Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, 3705 Fifth Ave., Pittsburgh, Pa.

Registration for the live Web cast, and the post-event archived session, will be available on Children's Web site at

Melanie Finnigan, 412-692-5502 or 412-692-5016,
Marc Lukasiak, 412-692-7919 or 412-692-5016,

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