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For Immediate Release:
November 25, 2010

Using your genes to help influence your health care decisions

LONDON, Ontario – Genetic Counselling Awareness Week runs Nov. 22 – 26 and gives London Health Sciences Centre’s nine genetic counsellors an opportunity to bring awareness of their role in medical genetics, cancer genetics, metabolic genetics, cardiology, prenatal fetal development, and newborn screening.

"As a genetic counsellor, I have the privilege of helping LHSC patients make informed decisions about their genetic health,” said Carla Campagnolo, genetic counsellor, LHSC. “I provide care to families by giving information about genetic conditions and inheritance patterns, discussing testing options, helping to understand test results, and providing support throughout the process.”

The Medical Genetics team including genetic counselors, social workers, dieticians, physicians and researchers, provide education to help people understand and adapt to the medical, psychological and familial implications of how their genes contribute to disease.

"Education is key," explains Dr. Prasad, medical geneticist and director of the Metabolic Clinic in the Medical Genetics Program at Children's Hospital, LHSC. "We have to enable our patients and families with the right information and the tools to learn more, because in the end they are the ones living every day with these conditions."

Established in the late 1970s, LHSC’s Medical Genetics Program is home to 21 physicians, staff and researchers. The program offers a wide range of testing, treatment and education to more than 5,000 patients each year. The Children’s Health Foundation is gratefully acknowledged for their generous support of the program.

To learn more about the LHSC Medical Genetics Program, visit the 2010 Annual Report to the Community at
http://www.lhsc.on.ca/About_Us/LHSC/Publications/2010/stories/story03/index.html

 

About London Health Sciences Centre
London Health Sciences Centre has been in the forefront of medicine in Canada for 135 years and offers the broadest range of specialized clinical services in Ontario. Building on the traditions of its founding hospitals to provide compassionate care in an academic teaching setting, London Health Sciences Centre is home to Children’s Hospital, South Street Hospital, University Hospital, Victoria Hospital, two family medical centres, and Lawson Health Research Institute - a joint research initiative with St Joseph’s Health Care, London. As a leader in medical discovery and health research, London Health Sciences Centre has a history of over 30 international and national firsts and attracts top clinicians and researchers from around the world. As a regional referral centre, London Health Sciences Centre cares for the most medically complex patients including critically injured adults and children in Southwestern Ontario and beyond. The hospital’s 10,000 staff, physicians, students and volunteers provide care for more than one million patient visits a year. For more information visit www.lhsc.on.ca

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Rachelle.Wood@lhsc.on.ca

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