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About the Kimonis Laboratory

The Kimonis Laboratory is a molecular genetics lab within the Division of Human Genetics & Metabolism at the UCI School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics and affiliated with the University Children's Hospital. The purpose of this website is to introduce visitors to our research.

We are a group of scientists and doctors at UCI who are studying genetic causes of muscle disease, the natural history of Prader-Willi Syndrome and the characteristics of nonsyndromic Craniosynostosis. Dr Kimonis is particularly interested in inherited muscle disorders that occur in combination with diseases of bone and/or frontotemporal dementia. Families with a combination of muscle disease and Paget disease of bone have been studied in the laboratory and the gene has been localized to chromosome 9 and identified as VCP (Valosin containing protein). Many families of Prader-Willi Syndrome and Craniosynostosis have also been recruited.

Thank you for visiting. If you have any comments or questions for us, or just want to say hello, please do not hesitate to contact us.

The Kimonis Lab
UCI Department of Pediatrics

Current Studies/Research

We are happy to discuss what we do in detail or explain any concepts that remain unclear. If you or a member of your family has one of the disorders that we are studying and you have questions, comments, or would like to participate in our study, please contact us. If you are a physician or genetic counselor who would like to refer a family to our study, we would like to hear from you.

Virginia Kimonis, M.D.

Division of Human Genetics & Metabolism
UCI Department of Pediatrics
101 The City Drive South
Orange, CA 92868

Zot 4482

Phone: (714) 456-2942
Fax: (714) 456-5610
Pager: (714) 506-2063

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