Jan 25, 2012
Genetics play a very important role in a number of diseases and illnesses; there are around 6000 known genetic disorders which are caused by inheriting an altered or mutated gene.
In a recent survey conducted by The Hospital Research Foundation, 83% of respondents either had suffered personally or knew someone who had suffered from a genetically inherited disease or illness.
Considering the prevalence of these types of disorders, it's no wonder that significant research at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital and The Basil Hetzel Institute for Translational Health Research is focused on genetic inheritance.
- Researchers in the Department of Haematology/Oncology at TQEH, in collaboration with the Australian Familial Haematological Cancer Study (AFHCS) have recently made a vital discovery of an inherited gene mutation responsible for an aggressive and deadly form of leukaemia. Read more about this here.
- A number of types of Dementia are known to be inherited. Researchers at TQEH are undertaking important studies to find out what places people at risk for getting Alzheimer’s disease and hope to uncover a way to screen for the disease early on in life. Read more here.
- Coeliac Disease; a condition that prevents proper absorption of nutrients, is a focus of researchers in the Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology. A successful test for Coeliac disease has been in use for a number of years, and because of its high inheritance risk (first degree relatives (parents, children or siblings) have a 1 in 22 chance of developing it in their lifetimes) and the debilitating impact it has on sufferers, our researchers are focused on early diagnosis research. Read more here.
There are also many other genetically inherited disorders which our researchers are focused on. You can read more about some of the important work happening at the following links: