Bob Jones University Hosts Second Annual Human Genetics Symposium

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GREENVILLE, S.C. (February 15, 2018) – Bob Jones University and the Greenwood Genetic Center will host a human genetics symposium in Levinson Hall on the BJU campus Thursday, March 8, from 6:15 to 9:15 p.m. The symposium will focus on autism spectrum disorders.

“We are honored to host the Human Genetics Symposium for the second year and are excited for the opportunity to connect families with the world of research and professionals in the field of autism spectrum disorders,” says Dr. Vincenzo Antignani, assistant professor in BJU’s Department of Biology and Division of Natural Sciences.

The program, titled “Autism Spectrum Disorder: Caring, Exploring, Treating,” will include experts from a variety of fields including clinical and diagnostic medicine, molecular genetics, and neurotherapeutics, offering attendees the opportunity to connect with professionals in both medical and scientific fields.

Speakers for the symposium include:

  • Sam Konduros (CEO of the South Carolina Biotechnology Industry Organization and founder of SK Strategies, LLC), who will address the status of the life science industry in South Carolina and its relationship with higher education.
  • Giovanni Neri (Emeritus Professor of Medical Genetics and Director of the Institute of Medical Genetics at the Università Cattolica del S. Cuore in Rome, Italy), who will address the topic of “Genetic Bases of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.”
  • Walter Kaufmann (Chair of the Ravenel Boykin Curry Chair in Genetic Therapeutics at the Greenwood Genetic Center in Greenwood, South Carolina), who will speak on the topic of “Autism Spectrum Disoder in Fragile-X Syndrome.”
  • Luigi Boccuto (Assistant Research Scientist at JC Self Research Institute at the Greenwood Genetic Center and Assistant Professor at the Clemson University School of Health Research – Clemson, South Carolina), who will cover the topic of “Genetics and Environmental Aspects of Autism Spectrum Disorder: New Models and New Theories.”
  • Jeff Twiss (Professor of Biological Sciences at University of South Carolina and SmartState Endowed Chair in Childhood Neurotherapeutics), who will speak on “Post-transcriptional Mechanisms Impacting Brain Development.”

Tickets to the symposium are $18. Dinner is included in the ticket price and will be available from 5:15 to 6:15 in the Kalmbach Room of the BJU Dining Common. Tickets and registration are available here.

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