Maria del Carmen Cardenas-Aguayo

Maria del Carmen Cárdenas-Aguayo, PhD, is currently a Professor in the Department of Physiology, School of Medicine, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), Mexico City, Mexico. Her laboratory engages in multidisciplinary research to elucidate the molecular mechanisms of neuronal differentiation and the study of the effects of cellular stress and protein recycling impairments on neurodegeneration. Her research has been directed at studying the differentiation potential of hippocampal neural precursor cells from mouse and human models and its implication in neurological disorders. Her studies in molecular medicine started during her MS thesis work at CINVESTAV-IPN, Mexico City, Mexico, and continued with her PhD in molecular biomedicine on the neurosciences field at CINVESTAV-IPN, Mexico City, Mexico. Subsequently, she accomplished two international research trainings, one at the Nathan Kline Institute, Center for Dementia Research, Orangeburg, NY, and the other at the Institute for Basic Research in Developmental Disabilities, Staten Island, NY. Prior to her arrival at the School of Medicine, UNAM, Dr. Cárdenas-Aguayo held a Visiting Professor position at CINVESTAV-IPN, Mexico City, Mexico.

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Restricted growth conditions are a group of genetic disorders with primary effect on growth (short stature); it is very heterogeneous and comprises two important categories: skeletal dysplasia and different genetic syndromes with primary effect on growth. It could also be caused by a medical condition. The book contains chapters regarding different aspects of the study of restricted growth that are divided into three broad sections. Section I: Defining Restricted Growth, Section II: Genetics and Diagnosis of Restricted Growth, and Section III: Signaling Pathways and Molecular Mechanisms of Restricted Growth. The book presents comprehensive reviews of each topic written by experts in the field. It will be the most valuable tool for physicians and life science researchers and students. We hope that the book will motivate discussion and research in this important health problem, setting the path for better therapeutic approaches.

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