News 2022

  • Saturday 12th November 2022

    Donna McDonald-McGinn receives the NSGCares Community Engagement Award

    The 22q11.2 Society is proud to announce that our very own Founding Board Member and current Chair, Donna McDonald-McGinn, MS, LCGC, received the National Society of Genetic Counselors 2022 NSGCares Community Engagement Award. NSGC released the following video to celebrate the occasion:

    Donna was nominated for the award by fellow genetic counsellors Kathleen Valverde and Margaret Harr. The award ceremony took place in Nashville TN, during the 41st Annual Conference of the National Society of Genetic Counselors, from November 16 to 20, 2022. Donna received the award from her son, Daniel McGinn, a Genetic Counseling Assistant at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP).

    We would like to acknowledge Prof. McDonald-McGinn’s longstanding and exemplary commitment to support patients and families affected by chromosome 22q11.2 differences as well as the larger 22q scientific and clinical community. We were also delighted to see so many 22q11.2 Society members and our recent Croatia meeting featured prominently in the video. Sending huge congratulations and best wishes to Donna now and in the future!
  • Thursday 28th April 2022

    Completed: The 12th Biennial International 22q11.2 Meeting

    The 12th Biennial International 22q11.2 Meeting has taken place in person in Croatia. Please see the photos.

  • Tuesday 26th April 2022

    Late breaking abstracts due May 5th

    The deadline for the submission late breaking abstracts for the 12th Biennial International 22q11.2 Conference is May 5th, 2022 at 11:59 PM EDT. Please visit the Call for Abstracts page for more information.
  • Thursday 10th March 2022

    A Way to Support Ukrainian Refugees, Including Those with 22q Differences and Other Disabilities

    As stated in an email to our colleagues, The 22q11.2 Society stands in solidarity with our European colleagues and families, and most importantly the Ukrainian people and those helping displaced persons across Europe.

    If you are looking for a way to help Ukrainian refugees, here is an option. 22q11.2 Society advisor, member and basic scientist, Dr. Beata Nowakowska, is housing families, feeding newly arriving refugees at the train station in Warsaw, and working closely with the Polish 22q Association (Stowarzyszenie 22q11 Polska) to support families of children with disabilities, including those affected by chromosome 22q11.2 differences, as well as others arriving daily to Poland. Current estimates suggest that >1.2 million Ukrainians are now in Poland and numbers are expected to continue rising. To support these efforts, Stowarzyszenie 22q11 Polska has created a fundraiser, with a website in Polish, English and Ukrainian (the payment page is in English as well). Please consider making a donation. Every little bit helps. Thank you.

  • Thursday 10th March 2022

    Croatia 2022 Early Bird Registration Ends March 15!

    The Professional Meeting portion of the 12th Biennial International 22q11.2 Conference will take place on June 29 (Wednesday), 30 (Thursday), and July 1 (Friday). Please visit our Meetings & Social Programs page and register now! Hurry, the last day to take advantage of the early bird discount is Tuesday March 15th, 2022!
  • Saturday 5th February 2022

    Call for Abstracts for the 12th Biennial International 22q11.2 Conference

    Abstract submission is now open! Please submit your abstract for the 12th Biennial International 22q11.2 Conference by February 22, 2022. Please visit the Call for Abstracts page for more information.
  • Friday 14th January 2022

    Importance of prompt diagnosis for individuals affected by 22q11.2 deletion syndrome

    "Prompt diagnosis can play an important role in improving the quality of life for individuals affected by the chromosome 22q11.2 deletion syndrome. The 22q11.2 community therefore supports early identification including via prenatal and neonatal screening," said Prof. Donna McDonald-McGinn, Chair of the 22q11.2 Society, Director of the 22q and You Center, Chief of the Section of Genetic Counseling, and Associate Director of Clinical Genetics at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the Perelman School of Medicine of the University of Pennsylvania.

    "Importantly, prenatal suspicion of 22q11.2 deletion syndrome allows for evaluation, confirmatory testing, and delivery at high-level healthcare facilities where neonates have access to potentially life-saving interventions including cardiac surgery, as well as treatment for other key features such as low calcium, immune deficiency, feeding, swallowing, and breathing issues, all with the goal of optimizing long-term outcome while obviating the protracted diagnostic odyssey frequently traversed by families."
  • Friday 7th January 2022

    Scholarship Opportunity: The ACPA Randall/LaRossa College Scholarships

    The Randall/LaRossa College Scholarship Fund was established in 2009 to honor Peter Randall, MD and Don LaRossa, MD from the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). Both of them were pioneers in surgery for palatal abnormalities in children with 22q11.2 deletion syndrome.

    The American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association awards three college scholarships annually to outstanding students born with cleft or craniofacial conditions. Please visit the scholarship website for more information and to submit an application. The deadline to apply is February 4th, 2022.
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