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CLAS launches Miami Consortium partnership with UM's John P. Hussman Institute for Human Genomics

February 17, 2012

The Miami Consortium for Latin American and Caribbean Studies through the Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS) and the John P. Hussman Institute for Human Genomics at the University of Miami are launching the first meeting of the Latin American and Caribbean Neural Tube Defects (NTD) Clinical and Genomics Consortium.

This consortium is an innovative effort to unite scientists, medical professionals, community leaders and organizations from different countries with the goal of promoting genetic research focusing on neural tube defects. Understanding the complex interactions between multiple genes and environmental factors may provide the basis for improving interventions, treatments and achieving the prevention of such disorders in the future. The Consortium will also promote community education about genetics through culturally appropriate educational programs.

The Argentine organizations that founded this initiative together with the University of Miami include the Asociación para Espina Bífida e Hidrocefalia (APEBI), the Hospital Italiano, and the Centro Nacional de Genética Médica.

The meeting will take place next March 10, 2012 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.