Every summer as a child, Dorothy Katherine Grange looked forward to digging for skeletons.
Sometimes she found other things in the dirt, such as weapons or tools. Although those discoveries thrilled her, skeletons provided the most excitement because the bones resembled puzzle pieces — and her father, an archeologist and anthropologist, showed Grange how to put the puzzle back together.
FOR SEVEN YEARS, Randall and Rachel Lamfers struggled to get a diagnosis for their son, Noah, who was born prematurely, had problems with pulmonary hypertension and needed a breathing tube. In November 2013, analysis of Noah’s DNA finally gave them a diagnosis: a rare condition called Cantu syndrome.
Colin Nichols, PhD, the Carl F. Cori Professor at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, has been elected to the Royal Society, an honorary English organization equivalent to the National Academy of Sciences in the United States.
In August 2013, the first Cantu Syndrome Clinic & Mini-Symposium was held at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri.
The clinic focused on analysis of the cardiovascular phenotype of participating patients.
The symposium brought together professionals in the field of Cantu Syndrome as well as patients and their families. A variety of seminars and social events gave everyone a chance to learn, meet and develop new friendships. We all are looking forward to the next Cantu Syndrome Symposium.
One exciting development for those interested in Cantu was the creation of a Facebook Page for anyone who has been diagnosed with Cantu Syndrome and their friends and family, or is interested in Cantu Syndrome. You can find this group on Facebook by clicking here.