Armenian Center of Medical Genetics Launches Charity Program

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–On December 1–the Center of Medical Genetics launched a program called "Open-Door Day". During two weeks the specialists of the Center will examine patients with gonad dysfunction–thyroid function abnormality and other diseases of the endocrinic system for the level of hormones in blood.

"Realizing that Armenia’s population cannot afford expensive analyses–we decided to conduct free examination of patients in one of the specializations of the Center every year," Director of the Center Tamara Sargssian told Noyan Tapan. She stressed that the Center was founded with the assistance of philanthropists from France and the USA and the Galust Gyulbenkian Fund.

It is the second charity action organized by the Center during its one-year activities. During the first action – the molecular diagnostics of periodic peritonitis – over 50 patients were examined. Periodic peritonitis is one of the priorities of the Center. Sargssian believes that young families must undergo the medical-genetic diagnostics of periodic peritonitis if the older generation suffered from the disease. The up-to-date molecular and genetic methods allow doctors to make the diagnosis even with the fetus. By determining the spectrum of mutations–doctors are able to prognoses the most serious complication of periodical peritonitis – renal amyloidosis.

Another priority of the Center is genetic diagnostics aimed at determining genetic disorders of the fetus in risk groups: for instance–when the prospective mother is over 30–parents worked at chemical plants or with radiation.

The Center is successfully cooperating with cardiological services. If the patient shows the symptoms of infarction–but the cardiogram does not confirm them–the specialists of the Center can clarify the diagnosis by means of the cardiotropin determination method.

The Center is also included in the European program of detection of gene mutations in cases of breast and large intentine cancer.

Sargssian pointed out that up-to-date molecular and genetic methods are widely applied in the world. She expressed optimism that similar methods will soon be more widely applied in Armenia’s clinics for prevention of serious diseases.

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