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Birth Defects Symposium Scheduled for June 27

LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 21, 2011) — The Kentucky Children's Hospital Division of Pediatric Genetics will host the first Birth Defects Symposium from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. on Monday, June 27,  at the University of Kentucky College of Nursing Building, Room 201. Admission is free with no pre-registration required, and lunch is provided.

"The goal of the symposium is to educate health care professionals, enabling better care for patients," said Drew Rutherford, genetics assistant in the Division of Pediatric Genetics at KCH. "By covering a broad range of birth defects and related topics, we hope to make the attendees more aware of birth defects they might come in contact with on a regular basis."

Speakers include members of the UK community in a variety of pediatric specialties, and Dr. Andrew Burrow from Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. Dr. Bryan Hall, professor emeritus at UK in the Division of Pediatric Genetics and Dysmorphology, will be speaking a special lecture during the symposium about "Kentucky Fried Genetics," and will include interesting things he has seen while traveling to outreach clinics in Kentucky.

For more information, contact Andrew Rutherford at (859) 323-8026 or e-mail him at

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