WSU Spokane hosts research conference

Washington State University’s Riverpoint Campus in Spokane will be the site of a conference titled “Chromosomes, Reproduction, and the Environment,” on May 18 and 19.

Hosted by WSU researchers Patricia Hunt, Terry Hassold and Lisa Shaffer, the meeting will address the causes of chromosomal abnormalities that lead to birth defects, miscarriages and infertility.

Participants include nearly 20 researchers and clinicians from institutions in the United States, Canada and Europe who research areas such as the role of a parent’s age or exposure to environmental contaminants in producing chromosomal abnormalities, infertility as a result of chromosome damage and diagnosis of fetal chromosome problems.

Conference organizer Smith Lutu said the meeting offers scientists working on various aspects of chromosomes in reproduction the chance to share data and insights in an informal, discussion-based setting. “The hope is that multiple new research projects will come out of it,” he said.

The conference is funded by a grant awarded to professor Hunt by Washington State University. The research conducted by Drs. Hunt, Hassold and Shaffer is supported by grants from the National Institutes of Health.

Conference details are available at

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