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Conference Update

Dear Members and friends

Having made what turned out to be the right decision to postpone our event this year & avoid cancellation charges, we have secured a new date at the Marriott Rome for next year.

So please Save The Date 23rd-25th July 2021, plans are already underway, and we will follow our usual pattern from that date forwards.

We look forward to seeing you there

The Management Committee

Who Are We?

The Chromosome 18 Registry and Research Society (Europe) is a charity set up to bring European families affected by any chromosome 18 abnormalities together to share information and experiences. Our organisation covers all chromosome 18 abnormalities: 18q-, 18p-,Ring 18,Tetrasomy 18p and inversions of chromosome 18.

The charity was founded by an affected woman, her mother and the grandparents of a young boy, all of whom lived near Glasgow. The organisation was registered as a charity in Scotland in 2009 (SC040399). We now have a committee of eight volunteers, all of whom are related to people affected by Chromosome 18 disorders.

Welcome to the Chromosome 18 Registry and Research Society (Europe).

We are affiliated to the Chromosome18 Registry and Research Society based in San Antonio, Texas. Our mission is to help individuals with chromosome 18 abnormalities overcome the obstacles they face so they might lead happy, healthy and productive lives.

We aim to bring the latest research done by the Chromosome 18 Registry and Research Society in Texas to people affected by all chromosome 18 disorders and their families in Europe. To do this, we run family conferences where affected children and adults, parents, siblings, relatives, friends and professionals get together to laugh, learn and play together.

COVID-19 Home Schooling Webinar

This, our first, webinar was a great success and many thanks to Claire Harrison from CALL Scotland and Paul Seeman for their help and providing so much good advice and links to a whole range of resources that will be a great help to all of us trying to give our kids some home schooling. I know that for most school has finished for this term but there are lots of ideas and resources here which could be used to entertain and educate our children over the summer.

The link below takes you to a recording of the webinar which you an watch as many ties as you like.


Below you can download the resources mentioned by both Claire and Paul in the webinar.

COVID – 19 Home Schooling Webinar, 15th July @7:30pm

From your responses to the questionnaire about how you are coping with COVID-19 the number one request for help was help with home schooling. Therefore we are going to run a webinar on the 15th July @7:30pm about home schooling.

Podcast 4- Parent Stories: Sara Jackson

This is the first in our Parent Stories, series where I interview Sara Jackson who is one of the management committee members. Sara has been involved with C18 Europe for a very long time contributing in virtually every way since the charity started. In this interview Sara talks about her journey with her son Louis and I am sure that many of you will recognise parts of her journey as you too have been there. I also hope that this story provides help and  support to everyone. 

Podcast 3 – What it is like to be a sibling – Lexie Davison

We try to provide some information to our members on the 18th of each month and this now includes our podcast. In this episode I am interviewing my daughter Lexie who will be 18 on the 18th Dec and thus it is particularly relevant to this organisation. I ask her what it is like being the brother of Billy who has tetrasomy 18p, what is he like and what has it been like growing up together. It is not uncommon for siblings to feel left out so it is important that they get involved and have their say which is something that we try hard to do at our conference. So if you haven’t been to one of our conferences then I would encourage you to do so as a family and involve all of your children.