The Loeys-Dietz Syndrome Patient Day was held at the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford on 5th September 2015, and organised by University of Oxford cardiologist Dr Alex Pitcher. Dr Loeys, Dr Dietz and many other medical specialists were in attendance to offer knowledge, advice and guidance to over 150 LDS patients and their family members who’d travelled from across Europe to attend.

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Dr Bart Loeys | LDS: The first 10 Years

Dr Bart Loeys is a medical researcher at Antwerp University Hospital in Belgium. In 2005, together with his colleague Dr Hal Dietz, he discovered the gene responsible for a variation of a cardiovascular disease called Marfans Syndrome, which was subsequently named after them as Loeys-Dietz Syndrome. In this lecture, Dr Loeys presents an overview of how the condition was discovered, as well as some of its genetic and physical characteristics.


Dr Bart Loeys | Diagnosing LDS

Summary of the diagnostic symptoms of Loeys-Dietz Syndrome by Dr Bart Loeys from University of Antwerp Hospital, who first described the condition in 2005 with his colleague, Dr Hal Dietz.

Dr Alex Pitcher | LDS: An Overview 

Dr Alex Pitcher is a Cardiologist at the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford, and a Clinical Lecturer in Cardiovascular Medicine at the University of Oxford. He gives a brief summary of Loeys-Dietz Syndrome and describes how patients and doctors met in Oxford to learn more about and to discuss this rare condition.

Dr Colin ForfarPatient – Clinician Interaction with LDS

Dr Colin Forfar, Consultant Adult Cardiologist at the Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust speaks on the importance of good patient and clinician relationships, and how much has already been learnt about Loeys-Dietz Syndrome, and the hopes for medical research in the future.

Dr Naz JivaniAccessing Patient Care for LDS

Dr Naz Jivani is a GP and the Chairman of the Clinical Commissioning Group in Kingston Borough, London. He gives a brief overview of the importance of accessing care through doctors and hospitals for patients diagnosed with LDS.