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 and 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.
The division includes two sections: the Clinical Genetics and Dysmorphology, and the Metabolic Genetics.
There are fellowship training programs in Clinical and Metabolic Genetics which are accredited by the Canadian College of Medical Geneticists (CCMG).
Research in the Division of Clinical and Metabolic Genetics is focused on delineating genetic conditions, understanding their natural history, and defining the molecular basis of genetic disease.