Clinical and Metabolic Genetics
The role of the Division of Clinical and Metabolic Genetics at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) is to develop and maintain facilities, services and personnel for the diagnosis, management and genetic counselling of individuals/families affected with or at risk for the development of genetic disorders. While most families referred for genetic services will come from southern Ontario, particularly the Greater Toronto Area, the division also accepts referrals from other Canadian and international centres.
Active members of the division within the Research Institute have made fundamental contributions to our understanding of molecular and developmental biology of a wide range of genetic disorders including overgrowth syndromes, cancer predisposition syndromes, and dysmorphology syndromes. The division is internationally recognized in the field of clinical dysmorphology, syndrome delineation and characterization.
The division provides leadership in education for geneticists and genetic counsellors, for advancement of knowledge relevant to genetic diseases, as well as for local, national, and international dissemination of this knowledge.
Patient and Family Resources
The Centre for Innovation & Excellence in Child and Family-Centred Care was established in 2011 to build on SickKids’ strong history of child and family-centred care. The Centre works with children (patients), families, and staff to test innovative approaches and implement best practices for the advancement of child and family-centred care. Through an organizational assessment and an external scan conducted in 2012/13, we identified the key areas of priority for advancing child and family-centred care. These priority practices were identified in collaboration with children, families, staff, and physicians.