Scientific & Educational Symposium

Since 2004, the Foundation has sponsored a symposium in conjunction with its biennial national family conference.

The CdLS Foundation’s National CdLS Scientific and Educational Symposium occurs bienially prior to the National Family Conference. It brings together physicians in various clinical disciplines, scientific researchers, allied health professionals including early intervention therapists and genetic counselors, and teachers to address and learn about clinical and research aspects of Cornelia de Lange syndrome.

Through lectures, panel forum and formal discussions, attendees will learn about medical and educational issues facing individuals with the syndrome, findings that can impact the individuals affected and their families, as well as an update on current basic science advances in cohesin biology and related genetic entities. Animal models used to study CdLS and applications of this work including the search for treatments will be discussed. There will be a focus on behavioral issues, how they affect the individual and family, and potential management.

Register for Virtual Symposium

The Ninth Biennial Scientific & Educational Virtual Symposium is now open! This virtual event brings together new and seasoned researchers to present and publish current and new information related to CdLS and broaden their collective knowledge.

This two-day virtual Symposia features talks by distinguished speakers and leading researchers on the molecular and cellular functions of cohesin, and the clinical and educational aspects of CdLS.

Sessions on Friday will be clinically-oriented, with talks on behavior, speech, and medical care needs. Sessions on Saturday will be basic science-research oriented, such as talks on DNA, RNA, cohesin, and animal models. Also, on Saturday, there will be a special section on SMC1A loss of function variants.