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Ask the expert: clinical geneticists

Congenital malformations

Dr Ishwar C Verma

Dr. Ishwar C. Verma

Dr. I. C. Verma is currently the head of Department of Genetic Medicine at Sri Ganga Ram Hospital, New Delhi. He was earlier Professor of Pediatrics and Genetics in AIIMS, New Delhi. He received genetics training in the UK, USA & Switzerland. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians, London, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the National Academy of Medical Sciences, New Delhi. He has received a number of national awards - Ranbaxy Science Award, ICMR, NAMS and BC Roy Medical Council award. He is a Member and Vice-chairman of the Ethics Committee of the International Human Genome Organization (HUGO) and serves as an adviser in genetics to the WHO in Geneva, and to Roche Genetics in Basel. He has recently been mentioned in The Limca Book of Records 2003 as a pioneer in genetics in India. He has vast experience in genetic counseling, serving about 2000 cases with genetic problems every year, and bringing the benefits of genetics and genomics to large number of patients.

Professor Jose M. Cantu


Professor Jose Cantu was born in Monterrey, Mexico and received his MD from the Medical School of the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de in 1965. He received training in Human Genetics at the Hôpital des Enfants Malades at the University of Paris, France (1965-1967). He was an Invited Professor at the George Washington University in Washington, DC, USA (June - December, 1967). In his permanent working position since January 1968 at the Mexican Institute of Social Security he has achieved the highest category as a researcher. From 1976 to 2001 he was Chief of the Division of Genetics at the Western Biomedical Research Center in Guadalajara, Mexico. He is currently a professor at the University of Guadalajara.

Prof Helen Dolk

Professor Helen Dolk

Helen Dolk is Professor of Epidemiology and Health Services Research at the University of Ulster, Northern Ireland. She previously held posts at London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and the University of Louvain, Belgium. She has been Project Leader of EUROCAT: European Surveillance of Congenital Anomalies ( since 1999. The Central Registry of EUROCAT at the University of Ulster is a WHO Collaborating Centre for the Epidemiologic Surveillance of Congenital Anomalies. Her main research interests are perinatal epidemiology (including the epidemiology of congenital anomalies and cerebral palsy) and environmental epidemiology. She has particular expertise in the use of congenital anomaly registers for research, and in investigating the environmental (rather than genetic) component of congenital anomaly aetiology.