Genomics is one of the most exciting new fields in medicine. It studies how our DNA interacts and impacts on our body and health. Clinical genomics looks at how an person’s biological information can be used to improve their medical care. Therefore improving health outcomes through more effective diagnosis and targeted treatment.

Funding the future of Genomics

St Vincent’s vision is to make genomic medicine accessible to everyone. Our goal is to use genomics to tailor treatment for both common and rare diseases. To do this, more evidence is needed via research before genomics can be used in routine patient care.

The Foundation is currently raising funds for clinical genomics research projects. Some examples of this research includes:

  • Diabetes: This project looks at the use of ​genomic testing to ​identify inherited forms of diabetes to improve health outcomes ​for patients and their families.
  • Mental health: This research looks at genomic testing to guide the choice and dose of medications (termed ‘pharmacogenomics’) to improve treatment outcomes in patients with anxiety, depression, and psychotic illnesses.
  • Australia’s first Randomised Controlled Trial (RCT): ​St Vincent’s is leading the first Australian double-blinded RCT into mental health pharmacogenomics. Ultimately, the goal is initially to use genomics to improve treatment outcomes of patients with Major Depression by improving treatment precision. Secondly, we aim to increase genomic equity by seeking support for Medicare rebate for pharmacogenomic testing.

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More about Clinical Genomics Services at St Vincent’s

St Vincent’s provides combined a Clinical Genomics service on our Darlinghurst campus. We offer a range of procedures for patients and families, including:

  • Diagnostic testing – to assist in diagnosis and management of diseases,
  • Predictive testing – to inform disease and reproductive risk management
  • Pharmacogenomics testing – to enable targeted prescription and management of medication. This  improves therapeutic effectiveness and reduces medication side effects and adverse ​drug reactions .

Click here to find out more about Clinical Genomics at St Vincent’s Hospital.

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