2018 Lindenauer Lecture

Cerebral Palsy and Genetics: Learning What We Don’t Know

panel group

Multidisciplinary Panel of Experts:

Orthopedic Surgery


Genomic Medicine

Pathology & Cell Biology

Obstetrics & Gynecology

On June 1, the 2018 Marilyn R. Lindenauer Distinguished Speaker Series hosted a panel of experts that discussed “Cerebral Palsy and Genetics: Learning What We Don’t Know” at the prestigious Faculty Club in Columbia University Irving Medical Center (CUIMC). The Cerebral Palsy and Genetics panel was moderated by David Roye Jr., MD, Executive Director, Weinberg Family CP Center, Department of Orthopedic Surgery and included experts in genomic medicine, pediatrics, pathology, OB/GYN, and orthopedics:

Vimla Aggarwal, MBBS
Assistant Director, Laboratory of Personalized Genomic Medicine, Department of Pathology

Kwame Anyane-Yeboa, MD
Interim Director, Division of Clinical Genetics, Department of Pediatrics

Mary D’Alton, MD
Chair, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology

Donna Garey, MD
Medical Director, Neonatal Followup Program, Department of Pediatrics

David Goldstein, Ph.D.
Director, Institute for Genomic Medicine, Columbia Vagelos College of Physicians & Surgeons

Joshua Hyman, MD
Associate Director, Weinberg Family CP Center, Department of Orthopedic Surgery

Charles Marboe, MD
Vice Chair, Department of Pathology and Cell Biology

Over the last few years, studies have revealed that at least 30% of CP has a genetic basis. However, the suspicion is that even more CP cases have a genetic basis that we have not yet established. Our interest is to develop projects that will allow us to identify these important genetic relationships. The issues discussed by the panel will have important implications for patient care–“precision medicine” for CP. This was the first Lindenauer lecture to feature a panel of experts, presenting a multidisciplinary view into cutting-edge cerebral palsy and genetics research, and the discussion concluded with a brief Q&A with the audience.