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THE GHOSTS IN OUR GENES: USING DNA TO FIND AND TREAT RARE DISEASES

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Patricia A. Whelan Performance Hall, Calgary Public Library (Central)

800 3 Street SE

Calgary, AB

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THE GHOSTS IN OUR GENES: USING DNA TO FIND AND TREAT RARE DISEASES

We welcome and encourage everyone who wants to learn more about rare genetic disease to attend this event. (Health care professionals, researchers & the general public)

The event will feature informative videos, speakers and poster presentations.

More than 2000 Albertans have a rare genetic disease and many millions in the world are affected by some type of rare disease. Examples include: Cystic Fibrosis, Rhett Syndrome, Pompe Disease, Fabry Disease, Adrenoleukodystrophy and Mitochondrial Disease, just to name a few.

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12:15 Welcome and Reception / Light Refreshments


12:30 What are Rare Diseases ?

Speaker: Dr. Aneal Khan, President, Rare Disease Network of Alberta

1:00 MitoCanada: A family’s journey to find a diagnosis, treatment and quality of life for a child with a Rare (Mitochondrial) Disease

Speaker: Blaine Penny, Co-founder and CEO, MitoCanada


1:20 Next Generation Sequencing Technologies: Helping find a Diagnosis

Speaker: Dr. Dustin Hittel, Chief Scientific Officer, Discovery DNA


1:50 GOOD Canada: Accessing Resources when a Rare Disease is Suspected

Speaker: Dr. Hameed Khan, Founder & CEO, GOOD Canada


2:10 Outrun Rare/Rare Disease Foundation: Parent advocacy and National Rare Disease Awareness

Speaker: David Proctor, Founder / Athlete of Outrun Rare


2:30 Open Questions from the Audience


3:00 Adjournment





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