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Experts are to gather for first conference.

EXPERTS in the North East are hosting the region's first National Symposium on Achondroplasia.

Staff from the Newcastle Hospitals' Northern Genetic Service are hosting Newcastle's very first Symposium on Achondroplasia this weekend.

Based at the Centre for Life, this event has been jointly arranged with Newcastle University, Evelina Children's Hospital in London and the Restricted Growth Association.

Achondroplasia is one of the most common forms of dwarfism - and affects around 1 in 25,000 people.

The symposium will be a two day event, with a series of workshops where guests can meet and discuss healthcare provision with clinicians from different UK hospitals. Dr Michael Wright, consultant geneticist and assistant medical director for Newcastle hospitals, said: "We are delighted to be holding this event here in Newcastle. It will bring together around 50 people who either have achondroplasia or have relatives with achondroplasia and medical professionals from across the country and from the USA."

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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Article Type:Conference news
Date:Sep 19, 2014
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