Vijay Pratap Singh, a postdoc in the Gerton Lab, attended the annual Center for Trophoblast Research Conference at the University of Cambridge, UK. Dr. Singh presented a poster on his efforts to understand how the placenta contributes to Cornelia de Lange syndrome (CdLS) using mouse models. In November, Dr. Singh presented a talk “Persistent DNA damage in placenta impacts developmental outcomes in mouse cohesinopathy models” in the Translational Research Seminar Series at SIMR. The presentation was in tandem with one from Dr. Isabelle Thiffault, Director of Translational Genomics at Children’s Mercy Hospital, on diagnosis of CdLS in the age of next-gen sequencing. A full audience was there to discuss the urgent need to develop early diagnostic tools for CdLS and other rare diseases. SIMR is proud to be named a Center of Excellence for research on CdLS by the CdLS Foundation.