The University of Chicago Genetic Services Laboratory is an active supporter of the CdLS foundation activities and is pleased to provide some information on the upcoming CdLS scientific symposium.

The nationally recognized Cornelia de Lange Syndrome (CdLS) Scientific Symposium brings together experts in CdLS to share the latest scientific and clinical research and treatments related to the syndrome.

The Symposium is June 20 and 21, 2012, at the Lincolnshire Marriott Resort, Lincolnshire, IL. It precedes the CdLS Foundation’s national biennial family conference.

Professionals from the fields of pediatrics, gastroenterology, genetics, dentistry, behavior, and basic science gather for the one-and-a-half day meeting, supported by the National Institutes of Health.

Symposium objectives include:

  • To update knowledge of the broad spectrum of findings in the natural history of CdLS.
  • To understand and gain knowledge of the molecular basis for CdLS.
  • To obtain knowledge of animal model studies related to CdLS and applications for these findings.

Continuing Medical Education and Continuing Education Units for some specialties are provided. In addition, credits are available through the Illinois Early Intervention program.

The CdLS Foundation is a national not-for-profit 501(c) (3), incorporated in 1981 and based in Avon, CT. The Foundation is a family-support organization that works to promote early and accurate diagnosis of CdLS, while raising overall awareness of the syndrome, promoting research into the causes and manifestations of the condition, and assisting those with CdLS throughout their lives.  Presently, the group provides support and service to approximately 2,500 families, 10,000 relatives and 2,500 professionals across the nation.  

For information and to register, call the CdLS Foundation at 800-753-2357 or email