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LABORATORY OF MEDICAL GENETICS

 NATIONAL AND KAPODISTRIAN UNIVERSITY OF ATHENS

 

Furthermore, the DMG was the first established and constitutes the largest public centre for prenatal diagnosis in  Greece, initially for chromosome disorders and soon after for monogenic diseases, the latter also involving the identification of carriers (at -risk couples) for several monogenic diseases such as Hemoglobinopathies and Thalassemia, Cystic Fibrosis, Duchenne and Becker Muscular Dystrophy, Spinal Muscular Atrophy, Fragile X, Rett syndrome, Angelman and Prader Willi syndromes, Congenital myotonia, myotonic dystrophy, Wilson Disease, Neurofibrimatosis and many others.

 The laboratory is well -equipped, with all necessary equipment for basic molecular genetic analyses for research and diagnostic applications, including liquid handling robots to support automated DNA extraction and PCR set  up, as well as realtime PCR, medium through - put automatic sequencing, High Resolution Melting Analysis (HRMA), Next Generation Sequencing (NGS), on Agilent Technologies Microarray platform, presently used for array Comparative  Genome Hybridization (aCGH) applicable for molecular cytogenetic analysis in patients referred with mental retardation  (MR) and developmental delay (DD). Concurrent to the major role that the LMG plays in clinical services, it has also made substantial contributions in several areas of applied research in the field of medical genetics such as comprehensive genetic evaluation and counseling services .

The University staff includes faculty members, university post–doctorate Senior Research Scientists and other scientific and technical staff. In addition the DMG offers as University Department of the Faculty of Medicine formal courses for pre and post graduates in medical genetics.


DMG has the following Advantages:
- It comprises of a large group of highly qualified staff with expertise in many aspects of genetics.
- It has access to a great number of patients and families with a wide spectrum of genetic disorders.
- The University clinic is associated with the largest pediatric hospital in Greece (and the Balkans in general).
- It is the only public medical genetics department in Greece (either within the health services or within an academic institution).
- It is the oldest and largest public centre for prenatal diagnosis in Greece.
- It is the only department in Greece that offers molecular diagnosis for some specific common monogenic disorders.
- It specializes in genetic services, such as PGD and non-invasive prenatal diagnosis for sex-linked diseases and Rhesus compatibility.
- It is also a reference centre for many genetic diseases – for both diagnostic procedures and result interpretation to support clinical management and counseling.
- It is the leader in providing best practices for many diseases and diagnostic procedures in Greece and Europe (eg. Guidelines for CF. haemoglobinopathies. PGD etc).

 

 

 

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