The Ehlers-Danlos Society is pleased to announce an exciting gene-finding effort for genes associated with the hypermobility form of EDS (hEDS). Drs. Christina Laukaitis of the University of Arizona and Peter Byers from the University of Washington are principal investigators (PIs) of the hEDS Gene Project, which is made possible by the generous support of the Wallace Research Foundation and The Milton and Tamar Maltz Family Foundation. This effort involves evaluating gene sequences of families and individuals with hEDS. Enrollment requires an examination by one of the PIs, completion of questionnaires and medical history forms, review of family history, and the provision of blood or saliva samples. Thanks to the support of The Ehlers-Danlos Society, the PIs will be at the EDS Global Learning Conference in Las Vegas, NV from 7-9 September, 2017 (Dazzle Vegas) to answer questions and enroll participants. The first round of analysis focuses on affected families. If you and your hEDS-affected relative(s) will be attending, please contact us to arrange an intake visit. We are especially interested in extended families with affected members who are third-degree relatives (cousins or great aunt/uncle) or more distant. Call (520) 626-9832 or email UACC-hEDSGENE@uacc.arizona.edu.
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