LifeLinks Teams with Albert Einstein College of Medicine in Symposium on Etiology of Hearing Loss

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LifeLinks Sign Language Interpreting Services provided live interpreting during a highly technical and cutting edge symposium presented at Jacobi Medical Center by the latter and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine on "Genetic and Translational Research on Sensorineural Hearing Loss."

On November 14, 2005, Lifelinks sign language interpreters signed the entire four hour conference on “Genetic and Translational Research on Sensorineural Hearing Loss” with speakers from Harvard, UCLA and the Albert Einstein Colleges of Medicine. LifeLinks interpreters kept pace with the highly scientific and technical terminology of this august symposium. Examples of the complexity of the medical terminology at the symposium were:

”An inductive signal was visible in the patterning of the ventral neural tube, anterior-posterior limb axis, and the ventral somites. Defects in the Dlx5 mutant capsule may be due to an aberrant epithelium which is not able to support chondrogenesis in surrounding mesenchyme.”

Despite the high level of medical terminology expertise, Lifelinks sign language interpreters were able to keep pace with the over 175 minutes of lectures followed by a question and answer period from the audience.

In an unusual example of the interpreters becoming part of the experiment, Lifelinks voluntereed its interpreters, who are children of deaf parents and grandparents,and have deaf siblings, to participate in a genealogical and phenotypical study at Harvard Medical School under the auspices of one of the speakers, Cynthia Morton, Ph.D.

The symposium will soon be available to deaf healthcare persons in sign language, and at no charge, on the Lifelinks website.

LifeLinks is the largest and most advanced provider of on-demand sign language services over computer monitors.Its ease of installation (5 minutes) and ubiquitous access, wherever there is a computer,have facilitated its adoption by hospitals throughout the U.S.

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