NYU professor conducts genetic screening at academic campuses in Boston

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Dr. Harry Ostrer, professor of pediatrics, pathology and medicine at NYU Langone Medical Center will be conducting genetic screening at four college campuses in Boston on February 1st and 2nd. Individuals interested in being screened should sign- up online at www.med.nyu.edu/genetics.

WHAT: Dr. Ostrer will conduct genetic screening for the following genetic diseases: Bloom syndrome, Canavan's disease, Tay - Sachs disease, cystic fibrosis, glycogen storage disease 1a, familial dysautonomia, familial hyperinsulinism, Fanconi's anemia, Gaucher's disease, fragile X syndrome, maple syrup urine disease, Niemann-Pick disease , mucolipidosis IV, Usher's syndrome and nemaline myopathy.

Background on Dr. Ostrer: As a young medical school student in NYC, Boston-born Harry Ostrer set up his first genetics screening program in 1975. As a result, he decided he to become a medical geneticist in order to do research about the causes of genetic disease and work toward identifying cures and preventions. Thirty-five years later, Dr. Ostrer is bringing genetic screening to academic campuses.

WHEN: Monday, February 1 and Tuesday, February 2, 2010

WHERE: February 1, 2010:
Boston University
Hillel House, 213 Bay State Road, 4th Floor
9am - 1pm,

Northeastern University
Curry Student Center, Room 334
2pm-6pm

February 2, 2010
MIT
Stratton Student Center, Building W20, Room 400
9am-1pm

Brandeis University
Lurias Room, Upper Sherman
4pm-8pm

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