Closing the health gap

Closing the health gap

The Garvan  Institute anticipates that genomic medicine will radically impact and improve disease diagnosis, characterise risk and guide treatment. This will help to address the health disadvantages experienced by many Australians.

TRANSFORMING HEALTHCARE WITH GENOMIC INFORMATION

Future improvements in assessing an individual’s likelihood of developing a disease may change medical decision-making. This includes the potential to adopt healthier lifestyles known to minimise or prevent the risk of developing diseases much sooner than before.

Globally, the most extraordinary exploration of human genetic information is underway.

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THE FUTURE OF GENOMIC MEDICINE

Genomics is the fastest-growing area of medical research and diagnosis, and health is the largest and most important sector of the economy. The genomic revolution provides a once-in-a-generation chance for Australia to leverage its investment in this research.

A powerful combination of e-health records and genomics will create new industries in health information technologies, which can be exported to the world.

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HARNESSING GENOMIC INFORMATION TO PROVIDE FAMILIES WITH ANSWERS

Unravelling rare disease genes
In the Sydney Genomic Collaborative Program, about 30% of families’ disorders were diagnosed by sequencing entire exomes (the ‘coded’ portion of DNA containing instructions for your body’s proteins).

“The new technology is giving people the answers they’ve been seeking, sometimes for decades.” Dr Tony Roscioli

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