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Clinical and Metabolic Genetics
Clinical and Metabolic Genetics

Clinical Genetics program

The Division of Clinical and Metabolic Genetics, headed by Dr. Ronald Cohn sees over 3,000 patients per year, including both in-patients and out-patients - children and adults. The Division is staffed by internationally renowned geneticists and genetic counsellors who have developed specific areas of expertise, providing a foundation for excellent family-centred care and for research studies to advance our understanding of genetic disorders at both the clinical and molecular levels. The Division houses nine geneticists and eight genetic counsellors. In addition to the general genetics and genetic metabolic clinics, a number of subspecialty clinics have been developed, including Craniofacial, Overgrowth, Skeletal Dysplasia, 22q Deletion Syndrome, Cardiac, Neurogenetics, Neurofibromatosis, Cleft Lip and Palate, PKU, and Cancer Genetics Clinics. In the late 1970s, the Department of Genetics at The Hospital for Sick Children and the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the Toronto General Hospital initiated a joint Prenatal Diagnosis and Medical Genetics Program currently housed at Mount Sinai Hospital.

From the early 1980s, the Division has recognized the importance of training geneticists, and graduates of these programs now staff genetic centres across Canada, the USA and abroad. There are several training programs currently offered through the Division of Clinical and Metabolic Genetics. These include the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada Medical Genetics Residency Training Program and the Canadian College of Medical Geneticists Fellowship Program. In addition, in September 1998, a MSc Program in Genetic Counselling was mounted as a collaborative effort of the Division of Clinical and Metabolic Genetics at The Hospital for Sick Children and the Department of Molecular and Medical Genetics at the University of Toronto. In addition to these formal educational programs, many other educational opportunities in genetics are provided through lectures and less formal interactions with both under-graduate and post-graduate students at the University of Toronto, as well as presentations to health care professional groups, high school students and teachers, parent support groups and lay organizations. These activities reflect the Division's commitment to sharing the exciting new discoveries in genetics and to allow related disciplines to make prompt use of advances in the genetics arena.