GGC's Schwartz Part of First Christianson Syndrome Conference

GGC Researchers Identified Gene

September 2, 2015 - Dr. Charles Schwartz, Director of Research at the Greenwood Genetic Center, attended the 1st International Conference on Christianson Syndrome in Houston in August. In 2008, Schwartz was part of the team who identified the gene, SLC9A6, that causes Christianson syndrome, and GGC was the first laboratory to offer testing for this gene to patients. Schwartz was invited to speak at the conference about the clinical findings, progression and diagnosis of this rare disorder.

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Believe in Me Foundation Provides Grant for Autism Program

August 24, 2015 - The Believe in Me Foundation, a nonprofit organization based in Atlanta, presented a gift of $50,000 to the Greenwood Genetic Center Foundation to support autism research at the Greenwood Genetic Center (GGC). This grant will further the Center's current work into developing a reliable blood-based screening test for autism spectrum disorders (ASDs).

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Lee Promoted to Associate Director

August 14, 2015 – Jennifer A. Lee, PhD, has been promoted to Associate Director of the Greenwood Genetic Center's Molecular Diagnostic Laboratory. She earned a doctorate in Molecular and Human Genetics from the Baylor College of Medicine where she also completed a Clinical Molecular Fellowship. Prior to joining GGC in 2013, Dr. Lee spent several years in Germany where she established testing platforms for the routine diagnosis of intellectual disability at the University of Bonn.

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Local Church Helps Honduran Child Seek Care at GGC

August 3, 2015 – Carolina Escobar is a 3 year old girl from Honduras. Her initial months were happy and healthy, like any typical infant, but then something happened that caused great concern. Around 18 months of age, Carolina began regressing – losing abilities and skills that she had acquired. Her mother, Iris, brought her to see an American medical mission team from South Carolina in January with the hope of finding answers. Little did she know at the time that Iris would not only receive the answer she had been desperately searching for, but that her daughter would be diagnosed by a physician who had expertise in her rare disorder, and one who is actively searching for a treatment.

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