Childhood Neurodevelopmental Disabilities

Life is never without challenge, but when a child is born with a neurodevelopmental disability (NDD) the challenges can be extreme—both for the child and their family.

Childhood Neurodevelopmental Disabilities

Life is never without challenge, but when a child is born with a neurodevelopmental disability (NDD), such as an epilepsy, autism spectrum disorder or cerebral palsy, the challenges can be extreme—both for the child and their family.

Ongoing genetic and genomic research at the University of Adelaide, however, could hold the key to the development of effective medical therapies; and in this presentation you’ll hear how. Topics covered will include:

  • the genetic architecture of NDDs, including the influence of de novo mutations
  • complicating factors of comorbidities, such as neuropsychiatric problems and obesity, and emerging data on the overlapping genetic determinants of cancer and NDDs
  • differing male and female NDD risk profiles.

You will also hear analysis of factors influencing patient access to genetic and genomic testing, support and—with continued progress—personalised therapy.

The Presenter

Professor Jozef Gécz is a Professor of Human Genetics in the University of Adelaide’s Robinson Research Institute. He and his teams have discovered, or contributed to the discovery of, more than 150 genes for neurodevelopmental disorders. Jozef is also an NH&MRC Senior Principal Research Fellow, and winner of the Channel 7 Children’s Research Foundation Chair for the Prevention of Childhood Disability.

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Life is never without challenge, but when a child is born with a neurodevelopmental disability (NDD) the challenges can be extreme—both for the child and their family.

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