Beaman Wins Best Platform Presentation at David W. Smith Workshop

Beaman Wins Best Platform Presentation at David W. Smith Workshop

Makenzie Beaman, a pediatrician-in-training in the Medical Sciences Training Program (MSTP), was shortlisted for the award for Best Platform Presentation at the 43rd Annual David W. Smith Workshop on Deformities and Morphogenesis on August 23. .

Of the 64 fellows and medical genetics residents and fellows at the workshop, 13 were selected to give presentations on the platform. Beaman and another were selected as co-best presentations.

Beaman’s talk focused on a family enrolled in a rapid whole genome sequencing study in the neonatal intensive care unit. The researchers were able to identify the cause of a genetic disease in the baby and older sister, and they discovered a new gene that causes Dandy Walker malformation, a defect in cerebellar development.

“This award validates so much that my work has had an impact on patients and science,” Beaman said. “To be selected as an outstanding speaker among such qualified and experienced residents and fellows is an incredible honor.”

The meeting honors the memory of David W. Smith, MD, widely known as the father of dysmorphology, a discipline that encompasses the study of genetics, environmental factors, and embryology in the diagnosis of birth defects and abnormalities of development.

“The meeting is a powerhouse of medical scientists who study the genetics of birth defects, which is something I would love to study in my career,” Beaman said. The workshop included four days of scientific presentations by geneticists and scientists on topics such as vascular malformations, therapies, mechanisms of brain malformations and genetics.

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