6th World Rett Syndrome Congress

Dates and venue of the congress

The World Rett Syndrome Congress will be held on October 10-13, 2008 at the:

Maison de la Mutualité

24 rue Saint-Victor –

75250 Paris Cedex 05 – France


Subway stations: Maubert Mutualité, Cardinal Lemoine & Jussieu

RER: ligne B, station Saint-Michel-Notre-Dame

Congress secretariat

Registration, hotel reservation, abstract submission and exhibition:


Leila Zribi

World Rett Syndrome Congress

29-31, rue de l`Esp̩rance Р75013 Paris РFrance

Phone: +33 (0)1 40 78 38 00 – Fax: +33 (0)1 40 78 38 10

E-mail: [email protected]

Abstract submission, exhibition, registration, accommodation and downloading
of the forms on the Congress web site: www.worldrettsyndrome2008.org

Continuing medical education / EACCME

The World Rett Syndrome Congres will be submitteds to the European Union of
Medical Specialists for accreditation.


Official language of the congress is English. However, some sessions might be
presented in French.


An exhibition hosting the Industry, Institution and all other partners of World
Rett Syndrome Congress, will be held at the Maison de la Mutualité, during the

Call for abstracts

All participants are invited to submit abstracts.

Abstracts for the conference will be selected for oral or poster presentation.
Only electronic submissions will be possible on the congress website.

The opening for electronic submission is February, 1st 2008.

The deadline of submissions is April, 30th 2008.

To submit your abstract, visit the conference web site at www.worldrettsyndrome2008.org
and follow the instructions.

Topics to be discussed

  • Relevance of Rett syndrome
    and MeCP2 function to the understanding of brain development
  • MeCP2 structure, function,
    regulation and targets
  • Role of MeCP2 in synaptic
  • Neuroimmune and
    neuroinflammatory defects in Rett  syndrome
  • Opportunities and
    limitations of mouse models in Rett  syndrome
  • Pathological basis and
    clinical implications of respiratory and autonomic abnormalities in Rett
  • Potential therapeutic options
    for reversing the effects of Rett syndrome
  • Clinical variability in
    Rett syndrome and its genetic basis
  • Unusual phenotypes and
    mechanisms including effects in males
  • Ethical implications
    relating to the genetics of Rett syndrome
  • Relationship between Rett
    syndrome and autism: mechanisms, clinical presentation and diagnostic
  • Evidence base and
    cost-effectiveness of genetic testing for MECP2 pathology
  • Preparing for a new era of
    clinical trials in Rett  syndrome: methodologies and assessment tools
  • International databases and
    biobanks: contribution to  collaborative research
  • Promotion of rare disorders
  • Management of the major
    clinical problems in Rett  syndrome including: seizures ; dystonia ;
    orthopaedic complications particularly scoliosis ; nutrition and growth ;
    gastrointestinal problems ; end of life issues
  • Role of therapy in Rett
    syndrome including: physiotherapy ; speech and language; communication ;
    music therapy
  • Implementation of best
  • Role of specialised clinics
    in Rett syndrome
  • Comparison of service
    delivery models across the world in  developed and developing nations
  • Healthcare
  • Quality of life for those
    affected and their families
  • The adult woman with Rett
  • Day to day management of
    child disability
  • Resources and child
  • Rethinking parents` role
  • Rethinking Associations`

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