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Science has helped us understand how blue eyes or baldness – as well as other inherited traits both harmless and harmful – can run in a family.  In the past few decades, largely due to the Human Genome Project and other scientific endeavors, knowledge has exploded in the field of human genetics.

Genetic services available in New Jersey include direct clinical care services as well as activities such as screening programs and laboratory services, educational activities and birth defects surveillance.  The State of New Jersey partially funds a network of Genetic Centers [see the list at bottom of page] that provide testing, diagnosis, and ongoing management and comprehensive care of genetic conditions.  Physicians specially trained in medical genetics, along with genetic counselors, nurses, social workers and other medical specialists provide comprehensive care to patients with genetic concerns.

Services may include some or all of the following:  a review of your family and medical history; physical examination; laboratory testing; genetic counseling/education; and management or referral to other specialists experienced in treating or managing rare disorders.  These services can provide information on certain disorders that you or your child may have inherited, how genetic conditions may be passed from one generation to another in a family, and what the risks are that certain conditions will affect you, your present or future pregnancies, or other members of your family.

Genetic counseling translates the science of genetics into practical information.  Anyone who has unanswered questions about diseases or traits in their family should consider genetic counseling.  People who might be especially interested are:

  • Those who have, or are concerned that they might have an inherited disorder or birth defect;
  • Women who are pregnant or planning to become pregnant after age 35;
  • Couples who already have a child with an inherited disorder or a birth defect;
  • Couples whose infant has a condition identified by routine newborn screening;
  • Women who have had two or more miscarriages or babies who died in infancy;
  • People concerned that their jobs, lifestyles or family or medical history may pose a risk to a pregnancy, including exposure to radiation, medications, chemicals, infection or drugs;
  • Couples who would like more information about or testing for genetic conditions that occur frequently in their ethnic group; or
  • Pregnant women who, based on ultrasound tests or blood tests, have been told their pregnancy may be at increased risk for complications or birth defects.

Resources:

American College of Medical Genetics (ACMG)
http://www.acmg.net

Genetic Alliance
http://www.geneticalliance.org/

Genetics Home Reference
http://ghr.nlm.nih.gov/

Human Genetics Association of New Jersey (HGANJ)
http://www.hganj.org

National Newborn Screening & Genetic Resource Center (NNSGRC)
http://genes-r-us.uthscsa.edu/

National Organization for Rare Disorders, Inc. (NORD)
http://www.rarediseases.org/

National Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC)
http://www.nsgc.org

Directory of Comprehensive Genetic Centers in New Jersey

*Children's Hospital of New Jersey
Newark Beth Israel Medical Center

201 Lyons Avenue
Newark, NJ 07112
Phone: (973) 926-4446

*Hackensack University Medical Center
Genetics Service
Don Imus Pediatric Center-Room 258
30 Prospect Avenue
Hackensack, NJ 07601-1991
Phone (201) 996-5264
Outreach Clinics:  Hoboken,  Parsippany  

*Saint Peter's University Hospital
Institute for Genetic Medicine
254 Easton Avenue
New Brunswick, NJ 08903
Phone: (732) 745-6659

*St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center
Section of Genetics
703 Main Street
Paterson, NJ 07503-2691
Phone: (973) 754-2727
Outreach Clinic: Fairfield  

*UMDNJ/NJ Medical School
Center for Human & Molecular Genetics
90 Bergen Street, Suite 5400
Newark, NJ 07103-2499
Phone: (973) 972-3300
Outreach Clinics: Pompton Plains, West New York 

*Cooper Hospital/University Medical Center
Division of Genetics
3 Cooper Plaza, Suite 309
Camden, NJ 08103 -1400
Phone: (856) 968-7255
Outreach Clinic:   Children’s Regional Center at Voorhees

*Partially Funded By The New Jersey Department Of Health

Updated on 6/14/2013


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