The first International Conference on Weaver Syndrome will bring together families affected by Weaver syndrome and related overgrowth conditions along with the doctors, scientists and students who specialize in these rare disorders.
Weaver syndrome is considered an overgrowth syndrome because the bones of children with this disease grow more quickly than usual, and may not develop normally. People with Weaver syndrome often have developmental delays and mild intellectual disability.
The Weaver Syndrome Conference is organized by Dr. William Gibson, a CFRI Scientist, Medical Geneticist at BC Children’s and BC Women's, and an Associate Professor in the UBC Department of Medical Genetics.
In 2011, Dr. Gibson led the team that pinpointed the gene behind Weaver syndrome. This discovery led to the development of a DNA diagnostic test that is now available internationally.
This one-day event includes talks from international experts, students and a family social. The scheduled speakers include Dr. David Weaver, who was the first to describe the syndrome that now bears his name; Dr. Steven JM Jones, Head of Bioinformatics at the Michael Smith Genome Sciences Centre; and Dr. Serena Buontempo, a stem cell specialist from Italy.
Held on November 9 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Vancouver, this conference is a satellite meeting of the Canadian College of Medical Geneticists' annual meeting which takes place November 6-8.