The medical genetics service functions include genetic assessment, testing and genetic counselling of individual patients, persons at risk, families with hereditary diseases and prenatal diagnostics.
The main areas within this field are oncogenetics, cardiogenetics, hereditary neurological disease and syndrome diagnostics. Department of Medical Genetics is one of two genetics departments in Norway that offer a program of presymptomatic testing for Huntington´s disease. The department runs a surveillance program to diagnose and/or treat disease in persons at risk. In addition to clinical assessement, medical genetic laboratory diagnostics, genetic testing and chromosome analysis are also important for assessment, diagnosing and counselling purposes.
Department of Medical Genetics manages an average of 2,500 patients a year, and so far we have examined and are responsible for following up nearly 7,000 families. The center has approximately 100 employees.