News 2019

  • Thursday 5th December 2019

    Meeting in UMC Utrecht, The Netherlands

    The UMC Utrecht is hosting a meeting entitled, "Insights into the 22q11.2 Deletion Syndrome" on January 23rd, 2020 (Thursday). During the meeting, the latest insights on somatics of patients with the 22q11.2 deletion syndrome are shared. For more information, please see the flyer.

    Please register on the meeting website. There is no cost for registration.
  • Tuesday 3th December 2019

    Time for membership renewal

    The 22q11.2 Society Membership renewal has been extended from November 22nd, 2019 to January 22nd, 2020. Thus, existing members will receive two free months of affiliation.

    Membership significantly reduces meeting registration fees while supporting the important work of the Society. The rates for two years of membership will remain at 175 for full members, and 125 for junior members.

    We very much hope you will consider joining us or renewing your membership. Thank you.
  • Monday 2nd December 2019

    Change in leadership of the 22q Society

    As of September 2nd, 2019, there is a change to the leadership of the 22q Society:

    - Professor Donna McDonald-McGinn becomes Chair
    - Professor Anne Bassett becomes Treasurer
    - Professor Ann Swillen becomes Secretary
    - Professor Peter Scambler steps down as Chair, but remains as Trustee and is deputy treasurer

    Please visit our Officials page to read the letters from the outgoing and incoming chairs as well as the biographies of the current leaders. Thank you.
  • Tuesday 15th October 2019

    Save the date: Croatia 2020

    The two professional meetings in the 12th Biennial International 22q11.2 Conference will take place from June 23th-26th, 2020, at Le Meridien Lav Hotel, Split, Croatia. Please save the dates.

    More information will be provided on our Croatia 2020 page.

    Abstract deadline: January 22th, 2020 (Wednesday).
  • Wednesday 14th August 2019

    Now available: Best practices for diagnosing and managing speech-language disorders

    Cindy Solot and co-authors have just published the practice guidelines for speech-language disorders in 22q11.2DS.

    Speech-Language Disorders in 22q11.2 Deletion Syndrome: Best Practices for Diagnosis and Management is now available in our Knowledge section.
  • Friday 21st June 2019

    Recent College Graduates Shining Bright at National Institute of Health Workshop

    Congratulations to Daniel E. McGinn and Gelila Yitsege for winning, respectively, the Junior Investigator Award for Best Oral Presentation and the Junior Investigator Award for Best Poster Presentation at NIH's Heart and Soul Workshop.
  • Thursday 20th June 2019

    Lisanne Vervoort receives ESHGs Young Investigator Award

    Lisanne Vervoort received the European Society of Human Genetics (ESHG) Young Investigator Award for the paper entitled Optical mapping of 22q11.2 low copy repeats reveals structural hypervariability.

    Lisanne is a Ph.D. student who works with Professor Joris R. Vermeesch in the Laboratory for Cytogenetics and Genome Research in KU Leuven, Belgium. She was also one of the recipients of the Junior Investigator Award at the International 22q11.2DS Biennial Conference in Whistler, Canada, in July 2018.

    The ESHG Young Investigator Awards (EUR 500 per recipient) were awarded for outstanding research by young scientists presented as a spoken contribution at the European Human Genetics Conference in Gothenburg, Sweden, in June 2019.

    Congratulations, Lisanne!
  • Monday 25th March 2019

    UK Parliament reviews 22q11.2DS Newborn Screening

    On June 5th, 2018, David Duguid MP raised a bill (video link) in the Parliament of the United Kingdom (UK) to require the Health Secretary to conduct a review into 22q11.2 Deletion Syndrome. It will require the National Health Service (NHS) to publish a strategy to deal with the condition. Specifically, Mr Duguid called for neonatal blood spot screening to identify patients with a chromosome 22q11.2 deletion in the newborn period.

    On March 20th, 2019 this initiative took a great step forward in the British Parliament. Please see the exchange in this video (starting from 47:36)]. David Duguid MP, along with the all-party parliamentary group (APPG) that he chairs, called for 22q11.2 deletion syndrome to be added to the newborn blood spot test. The Prime Minister, Teresa May, offered to ask the Department of Health and Social Care to respond. For more information and updates, please follow David Duguid on Twitter or visit Max Appeal's website on the APPG.

    The 22q11.2 Society thanks the charity Max Appeal, Mr. Duguid, the APPG, and Mrs. May, for helping to add this important condition to the newborn screen test in the UK.
  • Wednesday 6th March 2019

    Updating: List of Clinics Around the World

    The 22q Society is updating our list of 22q Clinics Around the World. We will be emailing you to see if you have any new information. Please also feel free to contact us. Thank you.

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