Rare Disease Symposium 2021 728 x 90 digitalRS
Friday, March 4
12:00 - 4:30 p.m.

The University of Alabama at BirminghamChildren’s of Alabama, Alabama Rare and the Alabama Genomic Initiative will host the 9th Annual Rare Disease Genomics Symposium via Zoom on Friday, March 4 from 12 to 4:30 p.m. This year's symposium will focus on science and research related to telehealth and therapeutic advances. The symposium is free. 

Agendas and registration can be found below. 

Keynote Address

Building Virtual Models in Genetics – the Dream Home 
Natasha Shur, M.D.
Children’s National Health System
Washington, DC


Registration is free. 


  • Symposium Agenda

    12:00 - 1:30

    Telemedicine: Remote Health Challenges


    Nathaniel H. Robin, MD, FACMG
    Medical Director, Genetics
    UAB Medicine
    Professor, Department of Genetics

    12:00 - 12:30

    Keynote: Building Virtual Models in Genetics – the Dream Home 

    Natasha Shur, MD
    Children’s National Health System
    Washington, DC

    12:30 - 1:00

    Telemedicine Clinic Challenges

    Eric Wallace, MD, FASN
    Associate Professor of Medicine
    UAB eMedicine, Medical Director
    Rare Genetic Kidney Disease Clinic\Division of Nephrology Department of Medicine

    1:00 - 1:30

    Telemedicine Panel

    Moderator: Anna C. E. Hurst, MD, MS, FACMG 
    Eric Wallace, MD, FASN 
    Nathaniel H. Robin, MD, FACMG 
    Bruce Korf, MD, PhD 
    Natasha Shur, MD 
    Asiah Borden, BS

    1:45 - 3:15

    Novel Therapeutics


    Matt Might, PhD
    Director, Hugh Kaul Precision Medicine Institute
    Hugh Kaul Endowed Chair in Personalized Medicine

    1:45 - 2:15

    Antisense Oligonucleotide Therapeutics for Rare Neurological Diseases 

    Frank Bennett, PhD
    Chief Scientific Officer and Neurology
    Franchise Leader
    Ionis Pharmaceuticals

    2:15 - 2:45

    Using CRISPR to Create Precision Animal Models of Rare Diseases

    Laura Lambert, PhD
    Assistant Professor 
    Co-Director of UAB Transgenic & Genetically Engineered Models Core 
    Department of Genetics, UAB

    2:45 - 3:15

    Therapeutics Panel

    Moderator: Matt Might, PhD 
    Q & A Moderator: Emily K. Johnson, BS 
    Deeann Wallis, PhD 
    Brittany Lasseigne, PhD Camerron Crowder, PhD 
    Renie Moss, BS

    3:30 - 4:30

    Patient and Parent Advocate Panel: Finding Your Voice through Vulnerability

    Moderator: Swapna Kakani 
    Q & A Moderator: Brooke Thomas 
    Morgan Cheek 
    Effie Parks 
    Seth Rotberg 
    Rasheera Dopson

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Contact Alli Romack at alfaun@uab.edu for questions.