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Vandana Shashi, MBBS, MD

Professor of Pediatrics
Campus mail: 2080 GSRB, Durham, NC 27710
Phone: (919) 684-2036
Email address: vandana.shashi@duke.edu

Undiagnosed and rare diseases cause significant emotional and financial distress to patients who suffer from these and their families. Duke is one of seven clinical sites to be part of the NIH Undiagnosed Diseases Network (UDN). As a principal investigator for the Duke UDN site, I am involved in arranging detailed clinical evaluation for children and adults with undiagnosed diseases and in the interpretation of the genome sequencing that is performed as part of the initiative to obtain a diagnosis in these individuals. I also currently serve as the Co-Chair of the UDN steering committee. 

Chromosome 22q11.2 deletion syndrome (also known as velocardiofacial or DiGeorge syndrome: particular interests are in understanding the learning disabilities and the high risk of mental illness in these children as they get older, for which a research study is ongoing. As a clinician and researcher in this area, I run a clinic for children and adults with 22q11.2 deletion syndrome and am an investigator within the International Brain and Behavior Consortium for 22q11.2 deletion syndrome. The goal of the consortium is to conduct research to understand the genetic underpinnings of the serious mental illnesses such as schizophrenia that occur in ~25% of adolescents and adults with the condition.

Education and Training

  • Fellowship-Medical Genetics, Pediatrics, Wake Forest University, 1992 - 1995
  • Pediatric Residency, Pediatrics, Wake Forest University, 1990 - 1992
  • Senior Resident-Pediatric Neurology, Pediatrics, Kasturba Medical College (Manipal), 1986 - 1987
  • Pediatric Residency, Pediatrics, Kasturba Medical College (Manipal), 1983 - 1986
  • M.D., Kasturba Medical College (Manipal), 1986
  • M.B.B.S., Kasturba Medical College (Manipal), 1983

Publications

Shashi, V, McConkie-Rosell, A, Rosell, B, Schoch, K, Vellore, K, McDonald, M, Jiang, Y-H, Xie, P, Need, A, and Goldstein, DB. "The utility of the traditional medical genetics diagnostic evaluation in the context of next-generation sequencing for undiagnosed genetic disorders." Genet Med 16, no. 2 (February 2014): 176-182.

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Allen, TM, Hersh, J, Schoch, K, Curtiss, K, Hooper, SR, and Shashi, V. "Association of the family environment with behavioural and cognitive outcomes in children with chromosome 22q11.2 deletion syndrome." Journal of Intellectual Disability Research 58, no. 1 (January 1, 2014): 31-47.

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Allen, TM, Hersh, J, Schoch, K, Curtiss, K, Hooper, SR, and Shashi, V. "Association of the family environment with behavioural and cognitive outcomes in children with chromosome 22q11.2 deletion syndrome." J Intellect Disabil Res 58, no. 1 (January 2014): 31-47.

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Li, W, Wu, B, Batrachenko, A, Bancroft-Wu, V, Morey, RA, Shashi, V, Langkammer, C, De Bellis, MD, Ropele, S, Song, AW, and Liu, C. "Differential developmental trajectories of magnetic susceptibility in human brain gray and white matter over the lifespan." Human Brain Mapping 35, no. 6 (January 1, 2014): 2698-2713.

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Wray, E, Shashi, V, Schoch, K, Curtiss, K, and Hooper, SR. "Discrepancies in Parent and Teacher Ratings of Social-Behavioral Functioning of Children With Chromosome 22q11.2 Deletion Syndrome: Implications for Assessment (vol 118, pg 339, 2013)." AJIDD-AMERICAN JOURNAL ON INTELLECTUAL AND DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES 118, no. 6 (November 2013): 412-412.

Scholars@Duke

"ERRATUM." American Journal on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities 118, no. 6 (November 2013): fmi-fmi.

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Wray, E, Shashi, V, Schoch, K, Curtiss, K, and Hooper, SR. "Discrepancies in parent and teacher ratings of social-behavioral functioning of children with chromosome 22q11.2 deletion syndrome: implications for assessment." Am J Intellect Dev Disabil 118, no. 5 (September 2013): 339-352.

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Harrell, W, Eack, S, Hooper, SR, Keshavan, MS, Bonner, MS, Schoch, K, and Shashi, V. "Feasibility and preliminary efficacy data from a computerized cognitive intervention in children with chromosome 22q11.2 deletion syndrome." Research in Developmental Disabilities 34, no. 9 (September 2013): 2606-2613.

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Hooper, SR, Curtiss, K, Schoch, K, Keshavan, MS, Allen, A, and Shashi, V. "A longitudinal examination of the psychoeducational, neurocognitive, and psychiatric functioning in children with 22q11.2 deletion syndrome." Res Dev Disabil 34, no. 5 (May 2013): 1758-1769.

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Delio, M, Guo, T, McDonald-Mcginn, DM, Zackai, E, Herman, S, Kaminetzky, M, Higgins, AM, Coleman, K, Chow, C, Jalbrzikowski, M, Bearden, CE, Bailey, A, Vangkilde, A, Olsen, L, Olesen, C, Skovby, F, Werge, TM, Templin, L, Busa, T, Philip, N, Swillen, A, Vermeesch, JR, Devriendt, K, Schneider, M, Dahoun, S, Eliez, S, Schoch, K, Hooper, SR, Shashi, V, Samanich, J, Marion, R, Van Amelsvoort, T, Boot, E, Klaassen, P, Duijff, SN, Vorstman, J, Yuen, T, Silversides, C, Chow, E, Bassett, A, Frisch, A, Weizman, A, Gothelf, D, Niarchou, M, Van Den Bree, M, Owen, MJ, Suñer, DH, Andreo, JR, Armando, M, Vicari, S, Digilio, MC, Auton, A, Kates, WR, Wang, T, Shprintzen, RJ, Emanuel, BS, and Morrow, BE. "Erratum: Enhanced maternal origin of the 22q11.2 deletion in velocardiofacial and digeorge syndromes (American Journal of Human Genetics (2013) 92 (439-447))." American Journal of Human Genetics 92, no. 4 (April 4, 2013): 637-null.

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