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. Consequently, our goal is to use genomics to tailor treatment for both common and rare diseases. However, more evidence is needed via research before genomics can be used in routine patient care.
Because of this, we are 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 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 trial into mental health pharmacogenomics to improve treatment outcomes for Major Depression by improving treatment precision and increase genomic equity by seeking support for Medicare rebate for this type of testing.
More about Clinical Genomics Services at St Vincent’s
St Vincent’s provides combined a Clinical Genomics service on our Darlinghurst campus. Moreover, 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 through dose and choice of medication to improve effectiveness as well as reducing side effects and adverse drug reactions.
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