On behalf of the Local and International Organizing Committees, we would like to extend a warm welcome to you to the 9th International Congress on Shwachman-Diamond Syndrome.
We are honored and humbled by the opportunity to host the 9th Congress, which will be held in Houston, Texas, April 8 through April 11, 2018. In addition to being known as the fourth largest city in the USA and hub for the energy and space exploration industries, Houston is known for the Texas Medical Center (TMC), which is the largest medical complex in the world internationally recognized for its pioneering medical advances. Thus, we feel it particularly fitting that, in the collaborative atmosphere of TMC where member institutions strive to deliver the highest standards of patient care and research, the 9th Congress will take place.
As you will see from the website, the Local and International Organizing Committees have arrived at an ambitious agenda for the 9th Congress, which will cover both research and clinical aspects of SDS. The two years since the last Congress have been noteworthy with respect to advances in the understanding of the genetics of SDS, its underlying molecular basis, and clinical features. We hope that the 9th Congress will provide fertile soil to discuss these new discoveries as well as ongoing and unpublished studies, and nourish new ideas that will help improve the lives of children and adults with SDS.
We would like to thank all Institutions, Associations, Foundations, families, and individuals who have provided critical support to ensure success of the 9th Congress. We are also grateful to all invited speakers, session chairs, and facilitators for their valuable time and expertise.
We look forward to seeing you in Houston and hope that you enjoy its warm environment and Southern hospitality during your stay.