Friday, January 13, 2012

KIDS is co-sponsoring a Conference

Council on Poor Prenatal Diagnoses
& Therapeutic Intervention
Founding Partners:
Medical Students for Life, Family Research Council,
Keep Infants with Down Syndrome & Jérôme Lejeune Foundation USA
First Annual
Conference on Medical Advances in Prenatal Diagnoses
Saturday, January 21, 8:30 am – 5 pm
Family Research Council, 801 G Street, NW , Washington DC
Register at or watch webcast

 Presenters include:
Alberto Costa, MD, Ph.D.
Byron Calhoun, MD
John Bruchalski, MD
David Prentice, Ph.D.
Gerard Nadal, Ph.D.

The Conference will bring together professionals from many different specialty areas, including genetic researchers, ob/gyn physicians, developmental pediatricians, hospital nursing staff, medical genetic counselors and medical students.  Other invited participants and guests include peer ministry providers, social service support professionals, advocates for persons with disabilities and public policy specialists. 

The goals of the Conference are:
·       affirm the life and dignity of all persons, especially those diagnosed prenatally with a disability or lethal condition
·       review how information about prenatal diagnoses of disability or lethal condition is currently delivered
·       consider how this information might be delivered more comprehensively
·       consider the impact of a new blood test for Down syndrome in obstetric care
·       explain the work of the Council and its year-long engagement on prenatal diagnosis issues
·       review best practices for postnatal care of infants with disabilities in perinatal hospice and in hospital, home and medical daycare settings
An agenda for the day will be available soon. Our host for the day, the Family Research Council (FRC), has limited space, so this first Conference is by invitation only.  However, FRC will be webcasting all general sessions that day, which can be viewed  For more information, contact Jeanne Monahan at Family Research Council, ( 202- 225-4008) or Peg Kolm, at (240-994-0603).  We welcome your interest and expertise in this effort, and hope you can join us on January 21.

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