Havana, Nov 15.- The 3rd International Congress on Community Genetics began today in this capital with the assistance of representatives of some 15 countries to share experiences on the progress of human and medical genetics in Cuba and other nations.
During the meeting, whose main slogan is: Community Genetics in the era of Genomic Medicine: the challenge is to prevent delegates and guests from the United States, Chile, Ecuador, Mexico, Venezuela, Germany, Brazil, Spain and Cuba, among others.
According to the president of the organizing committee, Beatriz Marcheco, the event will be conducive to reflect on the application, for preventive purposes, of the results of the genomic revolution in primary healthcare, in search of a better quality of life and equitable access to new technologies.
The conclave, organized by the Cuban Society of Human Genetics, includes today a keynote speech by the director of the U.S. Division of Genomic Medicine, Teri Manolio, for the first day at Melia Habana Hotel.
Three symposia on neonatal research, community genetics and epidemiological surveillance of congenital defects associated with Zika infection and other causes, as well as inborn errors of metabolism, will be also held.
The academic events will address issues such as: community genetics, clinical genetics, fetal medicine, cytogenetic, molecular genetics, congenital errors of metabolism, epigenetic and basic mechanisms and oxidative stress and genetic diseases, among others.
Parallel to the 3rd International Congress on Community Genetics is the 5th Annual Meeting of the Cuban Society of Human Genetics and the 3rd Cuban Meeting on Prader Willi Syndrome. They will be held until Friday, November 17.
Prader-Willi is a rare genetic disorder that causes decreased muscle strength, low levels of sex hormone-binding globulin and a constant hunger. (Prensa Latina)