Expectant families may be eligible for this cost free programme if a family member has been diagnosed with certain cancers, such as leukemia, or blood, immune, and metabolic disorders, such as sickle cell anemia, DiGeorge
syndrome, and Krabbe disease, which may require a stem cell transplant.
Finally, in an oral presentation, Lisanne Vervoort is presenting a study on DiGeorge
syndrome, a syndrome typically affecting infants with symptoms including heart defects, developmental delay and frequent infections.
It is now recognized that a 22q11.2 deletion is the cause of several syndromes, including DiGeorge
syndrome (de la Chapelle, Herva, Koivisto, & Aula, 1981; DiGeorge
, 1965), cardiofacial syndrome (Cayler, 1969; Giannotti, Digilio, Marino, Mingarelli, & Dallapiccola, 1994), conotruncal anomaly face syndrome (Takao syndrome) (Burn et al., 1993; Kinouchi, Mori, Ando, & Takao, 1976; Matsuoka et al., 1994; Takao, Ando, Cho, Kinouchi, & Murakami, 1980), velocardiofacial syndrome (Shprintzen syndrome) (Driscoll et al., 1993; Shprintzen et al., 1978), and cases of autosomal dominant Opitz G/BBB syndrome (McDonald-McGinn et al., 1995; Opitz, Frias, Gutenberger, & Pellet, 1969; Opitz, Summitt, & Smith, 1969).