About Us

The Cantu Syndrome Interest Group is a worldwide network of clinicians, scientists and patients seeking to understand, inform and develop appropriate therapies for Cantu Syndrome. Led by groups at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri, and at Utrecht University in the Netherlands, we are focused on conducting innovative research that will be influential in impacting the lives of individuals affected by Cantu syndrome. These differences will be made through our work within the Cantu Syndrome Clinic and Registry.

US and European Team Leaders

United States Team

St. Louis, Missouri

  1. Sarah England, PhD – Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
  2. Kathy Grange, MD - Professor of Pediatrics, Division of Genetics and Genomic Medicine
  3. Jin-Moo Lee, MD, PhD – Professor, Neurology
  4. Colin Nichols, PhD - CIMED Director and Carl Cori Professor of Cell Biology and Physiology
  5. Maria Remedi, PhD – Assistant Professor of Medicine and Cell Biology & Physiology
  6. Katie Shields - Clinical Research Coordinator
  7. Gautam Singh, MD - Professor of Pediatrics, Division of Pediatric Cardiology

Columbia, Missouri

  1. Michael Davis, PhD – Professor and Associate Department Head, Department of Medical Pharmacology and Physiology

Nashville, TN

  1. Jerod Denton, PhD – Associate Professor of Anesthesiology & Pharmacology
  2. Elaine Shelton, PhD – Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Pharmacology

European Team


  1. Gijs van Haaften, PhD - Assistant Professor, Department of Medical Genetics
  2. Mieke van Haelst, MD - Consultant Clinical Genetics, VU University Medical Center, Amsterdam


  1. Ingrid Scurr, Department of Clinical Genetics, University of Bristol, St. Michael’s Hospital, Bristol, UK
  2. Sarah Smithson, MD – Department of Clinical Genetics, University of Bristol, St. Michael’s Hospital, Bristol, UK


  1. Edwin Kirk, MB, PhD - Clinical Geneticist and Genetic Pathologist, Department of Medical Genetics, University of New South Wales, Sydney Children’s Hospital, NSW, Australia