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Department of Medical Genetics

  • The Department has been revived in September 2007 with the appointment of a Professor and Two Lecturers.

    Activities of Department

    • Genetic Clinic
      • Genetic Clinic is being conducted daily in The Department of Medical Genetics, The Tamil Nadu Dr. MGR Medical University, Guindy, Chennai.
      • Patients, referred from Government and private institutions are being registered and Counseled in the genetic clinic.
      • A genetic clinic is being conducted every Wednesday at Kilpauk Medical College and Hospital, Chennai. The clinic was started on May 7th, 2008.
      • Genetic Clinic is also conducted every tuesday at Kasturibha Gandhi Government Hospital, Chennai
      • Patients are referred to the Genetic Clinic in the University on Monday, Thursday and Friday.
    • Chennai Twin Registry
      • The Chennai Twin Registry was inaugurated by the Worshipful Mayor of Chennai Thiru.M Subramaniam on 21.07.2008.
      • The Chennai Twin Registry is the first of its kind in India.
      • A MoU was signed between The Tamilnadu Dr. M.G.R. medical University and the Srilankan twin registry, represented by Dr.Athula Sumathipala, King's College, London, on 21.07.2008 for collaboration in setting up " The Chennai Twin Registry" and in the area of twin research.
      • Twins are being registered in the Genetic clinics, both at Kilpauk Medical College and Hospital and at the Department. Twins of all walks and ages are being registered.
      • The Department is keen to promote Preventive Genetic Services. We are offering Cytogenetic analysis to our patients. Research proposals have been sent for common genetic disorders like Down syndrome, Fragile X and Thallasemia.
      • We want to establish a Regional Reference Center for Genetic Disorders.

    Unique Projects

    • The Chennai Twin registry is the only twin registry in India.
    • UGC - Project -2010-2012 Genetic and Environmental factors in First trimester Recurrent pregnancy loss .
    • Community Genetic Services at Manali PHC Sponsored by CPCL - Chennai

  • Academic programme

    • Courses conducted: Training Certificate Course in Cytogenetics for Lab Technicians - 6 months program
    • Workshops: WHO Workshop on Semen Analysis for Lab Technicians
    • Training: Courses conducted: Training Certificate Course in Cytogenetics for Lab Technicians - 6 months program
    • Seminar/CME: "Introduction to Genetic Services" was organized on 22.07.2008 with national and international faculty, which had about 150 delegates participants.
    • "CME On Birth Defects " - 22/10/2010 Photos
    • "CME on Disorders on Sexual Differentiation " - 04/11/2011 Photos
    • Poster presented at the International association of Medical Science Educators at Portland Oregan, USA June 23-26, 2012.
    • Papers and Posters presented In 2013 by Dr Srilakshmi
    • Workshop on Paediatric and Adolescent Endocrinology January 6th and 7th
    • National conference on “State of the Art Antenatal Care –Basics in Fetal Medicine , 28th April – Grebe Syndrome A case report.
    • Sixteenth Congress of the International Paediatric Nephrology Assosciation Shanghai, China. WT1 mutation in Steroid Resistant Nephrotic Syndrome –Frasier Syndrome . August 30th –September 3rd.
    • CME on Expanding Frontiers in Anatomy Chennai Medical college Trichy September 6th and 7th-Resource person CME on “Recurrent First Trimester Pregnancy Loss”. Oct. 5. 2012 CME and Workshop 2013
    • Hands on training in WHO recommended Guidelines in IUI and artificial Insemination June 13th.
    • Primary Amenorrhoea and OSCE for Postgraduates October 11th.
    • Seminar: Seminar on First Trimester Screening and twin to twin transmission
    • Conferences: Nil
    • Teaching undergraduates and Postgraduates Medical students of Kilpauk Medical College and Madras Medical College, Chennai
    • Giving talks to the public in the vernacular in All India radio, Manai Mangalam weeekly programme.

    Guest Lectures attended/Given

    • Dr. Srilakshmi
      • Genetics for the practicing paediatrician, New Delhi.Dec 15th & 16th 2007
      • Clinical dysmorphology and advanced cytogenetic conference Centre for Human Genetics, Bangalore, 4th and 5th March, 2009.
      • Attended Indo – European CME on Clinical Genetics at Christian Medical college Vellore25th September 2008.
      • Delivered lectures on "child development and nutrition", to teachers at PSBB, T. Nagar, Chennai, on August 4th 5th& 6th 2009.
      • Presented Major Research proposal " Recurrent Pregnancy Loss " to UGC screening committee at New Delhi on Dec 3rd 2009.
      • Attended Research Methodology workshop conducted by India Clen atNew Delhi on August 17th & 18th 2009.
      • Post graduate classes for MD& DGO students at Kilpauk Medical college every Wednesday.
      • Introduction to Medical Genetics Classes for Under-graduate students.
      • All India radio Talk On Chromosomes & genes . Manaimangalam programme on 25th September 2008.
      • All India Radio - Nazha Vazhvu
      • Preventive of Birth Defects - 17.12.2012
      • Down Syndrome - 22.01.2012
  • Publications

    • Twin Research published in Shishu paripalan.
    • Neuro cutaneous melanosis Sequence sent for publication in Gene clinics.
    • Leptin levels in Down Syndrome - Biomedicine
    • Poster Presentation : Allied Health Science Courses in South India at the International Assosciation of Medical Science Educators (IAMSE)  at Portland Oregon USA 23-26th June 2012
    • Grebe syndrome presented at National Conference on "State of the Art antenatal Care-Basics in Fetal medicine". Presented at AIIMS New Delhi on 28.04.2013.
    • WT1 gene mutation in Steroid Resistant Nephrotic Syndrome ---Frasier syndrome. presented at the International Paediatric Nephrology Congress at Shanghai August 30th tp September 3rd
    • Neurocutaneous Melanosis Sequence presented at the Indo-US symposium December 2013 at Hyderabad.
    • Ph.D Guide for the Tamil Nadu Dr. M.G.R. Medical University and Sri Ramachandra Medical College and Research Institute, Porur, Chennai
    • Ph.D Examiner in the University of Madras, Chennai
    • Research Advisory Committee Member, Sri Ramachandra Medical College and Research Institute, Porur, Chennai

  • Research

    • Recurrent pregnancy loss UGC.
    • Chennai Twin registry ICMR
    • Preventive Genetic Services Chennai Petroleum corporation Manali - completed.
    • Leptin levels in Down syndrome Completed.
    • Malocclusion in Mono & dizygotic twins. Completed.
    • Mutations in Steroid resistant Nephrotic Syndrome.
    • Cytogenetic abnormality in Mentally Retarded Children living in Vellore - ongoing study
    • The Department is involved in a research project titled” Concordance of physical characteristics among Monozygotic Twins”. This project is being funded by the University research Council.

    Guidance for Research

    • Ph.D. - Mutations in Steroid resistant Nephrotic Syndrome. MD & MDS postgraduates
    • Ring chromosome in multi drug resistant seizures. - M.D Peadiatrics thesis
    • Hormonal imbalances in recurrent pregnancy loss - M.D O&G thesis.
  • Laboratory Services

    • Karyotyping
    • Torch Analysis
    • New Born Screening Service - TSH for High Risk Babies.
    • Prolactin

    Counseling services

    • Patients referred from neighbouring states of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka , Kerala & Tamilnadu are offered Genetic Counseling.

    Outreach Programme

    • Genetic Screening of the population attending Manali Primary Health center.

    Outreach Programme

    • Genetic Screening of the population attending Manali Primary Health center.
  • Clinical Epidemiological unit Collaboration

    • MOU was signed between Chennai Twin Registry & Srilankan Twin registry on 21-07-08.
  • Faculty

    • Dr.K Sivasangeetha, M.D., Professor,(i/c)
    • Mr. S. Mohamed Hanifa, BSc, DMLT,Techinician Grade III
    • Mrs. S.C. Sandhya, BSc, DMLT,Techinician Grade III
    • Mrs. P. Pabitha, BSc, DMLT,Techinician Grade III

    Awards & Honours

    • Dr Prema Lakshminarayana was invited to give The Deivasahayam memorial oration at the meeting of the Tamilnadu assosciation for Occupational Health at Chennai on 6th Dec 2009. She was presented with acertificate and Medal.

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