HOUSTON — (March 4, 2008) — A discussion on neurofibromatosis, a genetic disorder that causes tumors to grow on nerve tissue, producing skin and bone abnormalities, will be presented in a public forum March 25 at The Health Museum of Houston.Neurofibromatosis is one of the most common genetic disorders, occurring in approximately one in 3,000 births.
The forum will feature genetic expert Dr. Maria Blazo, assistant professor of family and community medicine and molecular and human genetics at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. The parents of a child with neurofibromatosis are also scheduled to speak.
Organized by BCM and Texas Children’s Hospital, the event is part of a monthly “Evening with Genetics” lecture series organized by BCM’s Department of Molecular and Human Genetics. The series offers current information regarding care, education and research about genetic disorders.
The program is free and open to the public. It will be held at 7 p.m. at The Health Museum of Houston, 1515 Hermann Drive. For more information or to register, contact Susan Fernbach at 832-822-4182 or [email protected]