Cerebral Palsy a Genetic, Neurodevelopmental Disorder | HBKU
Hamad Bin Khalifa University


Cerebral Palsy a Genetic, Neurodevelopmental Disorder


Neurodevelopmental disorders (NDDs) are frequent and affect up to  120 million people (1 in 7 children) worldwide.  

The etiology of NDDs is multifactorial, but genetic or heritable causes are more prominent. Currently, close to 3,000 different single-gene-determined NDDs have been discovered. 

Since 2000, Dr. Jozef Gecz and his Neurogenetics team at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital in Adelaide, South Australia, have investigated more than 6,000 patients and discovered more than 250 intellectual disability, epilepsy, autism or cerebral palsy (NDD) genes. In this seminar, Dr. Gecz will discuss two current projects in this area, ‘Genetic Diagnosis for Cerebral Palsy’, and ‘Assessing the Impact of PCDH19 Gene’.




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