New Insights from Prader-Willi and Williams Syndromes
(6/8/2011) 70 minutes


?This talk provides an update on three key, but understudied, aspects of Prader-Willi syndrome, Williams syndrome, and other developmental disabilities. First, the need for phenotypic studies, that balance salient psychiatric and medical problems with cognitive, adaptive or personality strengths, is discussed. Second, data are presented on role of development and genetic subtypes in the phenotypic expression of these disorders. Finally, new data are discussed on the family environment and interplay between phenotypic variability and maternal stress, health and mental health. Taken together, the talk demonstrates the importance of a balanced phenotypic approach that takes environmental context into account.

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