International Conference 
 Rome 17th October 2015
 International Conference 
 Rome 17th October 2015
 Williams Family Day 
 Tarquinia 18th October 2015


8:30 - 9:00


9:00 - 9:30

Opening Ceremony

Monsignor Franco Camaldo, Ecclesiastical Circolo S. Pietro - Vatican Canon reading Holy Father's Telegram
Leopoldo Torlonia, President of the Italian Williams Syndrome  Association
Bruno Dallapiccola, Scientific Director of the Bambino Gesù Pediatric Hospital
Giuseppe Novelli, Rector of Tor Vergata University

Camelia Lazar Livieratou, President of FEWS

9:30 - 10:30

Clinical Aspects & Patients

Session Chair: Bruno Dallapiccola, Scentific Director of the Bambino Gesù Pediatric Hospital

Rare clinical features in Williams Syndrome
Maria Cristina Digilio, Medical Doctor, Chief Medical Genetics Unit, Bambino Gesù Pediatric Hospital

Transition to Young Adulthood in Williams Syndrome
Laura Mazzanti, Medical Doctor, Pediatric Endocrinology and Rare Disease Unit, S.Orsola Malpighi University Hospital

Old and new informations regarding the Williams Syndrome’s natural history
Angelo Selicorni, Pediatrician and Medical Geneticist, Director U.O.S Genetica Clinica Pediatrica, MBBM Foundation

10:30 – 11:00

Coffee break

11:00 - 12:00


Session Chair: Marco Tartaglia, Research Division “Genetic Disorders and Rare Diseases”, Bambino Gesù Pediatric Hospital

Identifying the main genes and modifiers of the WBS phenotype through the characterization of patients and mouse models
Luis Alberto Pérez Jurado, Professor of Genetics Pompeu Fabra University, Hospital del Mar Research Institute (IMIM) and CIBERER

Understanding the Williams Beuren syndrome by cell modeling and high throughput techniques
Giuseppe Merla, Medical Genetics Units IRCCS Casa Sollievo della Sofferenza Hospital

Dissecting the interplay of genetic and epigenetic mechanisms in Williams Syndrome: insights from cell reprogramming-based disease models
Pierre Luc Germain, Laboratory of Stem Cell Epigenetics, European Institute of Oncology

12:00 – 12:15

Question Time

12:15 – 13:00

Poster - Presentation

13:00 – 14:00

Buffet Lunch

14:00 – 15:00

Neuropsychological aspects

Session Chair: Andrea De Zorzi, Cardiologist, Department of Cardiology and Heart Surgery, Bambino Gesù Pediatric Hospital

Neurocognitive and behavioral aspects (infants and adults)
Stefano Vicari, M.D. Head Child Neuropsychiatry Unit Department of Neuroscience I.R.C.C.S. Bambino Gesù Pediatric Hospital

Studying cognitive development in babies with Williams Syndrome compared to other neurodevelopmental disorders
Annette Karmiloff-Smith, Research Fellow at Birkbeck’s Centre for Brain and Cognitive Development

Neurobiological basis of socio-emotional behaviour in Williams Syndrome
Chiara Gagliardi, M.D. IRCCS E. Medea Bosisio Parini

15:00 – 16:00

Meeting of the European Williams Associations

Williams Syndrome and anxiety
Debby Riby

Katarina Jariabkova

EvenI can do it
Francesca De Lorenzo

Gabor Pogany

16:00 – 16:45

Open Talks

Domenica Taruscio, Yllka Kodra, CNMR Director of the Istituto Superiore Sanità
Danila Baldessari, Grant Manager of the Telethon Foundation
Renza Barbon Galluppi, Hononary President of the Uniamo Fimr Onlus

16:45 – 17:30

Question time

17:30 – 18:00



There are no CME credits.
Participants can request a certificate of attendance at the end of the conference.