The purpose of Turner Syndrome of the Carolinas is to create awareness and knowledge, promote research, and provide support for all those touched by Turner syndrome in the Carolinas and beyond.
Turner syndrome (TS) is a chromosomal abnormality that affects only girls and women. TS occurs when one of the X chromosomes is completely or partially missing. This occurs in about 1 in 2000 females. Turner syndrome can cause a variety of medical and developmental problems, including short height, failure to start puberty, infertility, heart defects, certain learning disabilities, and social adjustment problems.
Turner Syndrome of the Carolinas (TSC) would like to wish everyone a Happy New Year and hope that 2020 is your best year yet! TSC would like to thank everyone for their support during 2019. We look forward to making 2020 a success!
TSC continues to focus our efforts on education and awareness. We think it is important to not only educate women and families, but also to educate professionals who have a direct connection to those with TS. We especially find value in providing additional education to the physicians who participate in the TS Clinic. This year, TSC will be bringing Dr. Michael Silberbach, the leading US pediatric cardiologist in TS, to UNC Children’s Hospital in April for Grand Rounds. He will be speaking to a large audience of cardiologists about TS, providing important information on TS research results, as well as care. He will also be spending time with Dr. Pace Johnston, the newest pediatric cardiologist to join the TS Clinic team. We are working out schedules now and hoping Dr. Silberbach will have time to meet with women and families for a presentation on cardiac findings in TS. Stay tuned!
TSC will be sending Dr. Jennifer Law, the TS Clinic Director at UNC, to the Turner Syndrome International Conference in Stirling, Scotland. The conference will be held July 16-20. The International Conference is held every four years in different locations. Dr. Law will be a presenter, as well as, have an opportunity to connect with other physicians and keep updated on TS care worldwide. If you are interested in attending the International Conference, you can find more information at https://tsint.org/.
February is Turner Syndrome Awareness Month. TSC encourages each of you to take participate in Awareness Month. You can post information about TS on your Facebook page, share literature with physicians, teachers, or other professionals, contact your local news/radio, hold an activity/event/fundraiser, etc. No matter how big or how small, you can help make a difference. Check the calendar below for Lunch n Learns this February.
February – Turner Syndrome Awareness Month
February 15 – Lunch n Learn – Charlotte – Topic: Executive Function
February 29 – Lunch n Learn – Raleigh/Chapel Hill
April 23 – Cardiac Grand Rounds – UNC Children’s Hospital
April 23 – 6:30pm-8:30pm Meet-Up with Dr. Silberbach – Chapel Hill/Durham
May 30 – Lunch n Learn – Charlotte
June 5 – Bombshell Brewery Fundraiser – Holly Springs, NC
July 16-20 – TS International Conference – Stirling, Scotland
July 24-26 – TSS National Conference – Phoenix, AZ
July 26-Aug 1 – Camp Carefree, Stokesdale, NC
July 26 – TSC sponsored dinner @ Camp Carefree
August 14-15 – TSC Exhibit @ NC Pediatric Society Conference
August 22 – Summer Lunch Fun – Charlotte
September 26 – Lunch n Learn – Raleigh/Chapel Hill
November 7 – Gamers Marathon (fundraiser) – Cary, NC
November 14 – Understanding Social Aspects of TS (Women & Parents) – Charlotte
UNC CHAPEL HILL January 22, February 19, March 25, April 22, May 20, June 10
RALEIGH February 7, March 6, April 3, May 1, June 5
Make a difference…get involved!
– Organize a meeting or get-together
– Hold a fundraiser
– Attend a meeting
– Looking for support to update the TSC website