Contact: Tom Bird,
Core Function: Clinical Services
The UCEDD's Neurogenetics Clinic is co-sponsored by the Departments of Neurology and Medicine (Medical Genetics). The clinic's purpose is to evaluate and diagnose and to provide genetic counseling and long-term management for patients and families with a wide variety of genetic diseases of the nervous system. This clinic is also a clinical training site for medical students, residents, and fellows.
The Neurogenetics Clinic is a full-day clinic that meets three times each month. Each year the clinic serves over 300 clients who have an array of neurogenetic disorders including Huntington's disease, Charcot-Marie-Tooth neuropathy, hereditary neuropathy, hereditary ataxias, muscular dystrophies, familial dementia, familial movement disorders, leukodystrophies, Neimann Pick type C, and others.
This clinic uses an interdisciplinary team approach that includes a neurologist, a neurogenetic nurse specialist, a genetic counselor and a medical social service worker. The patients receive examination, diagnostic testing, genetic counseling, attention to their social service needs and longitudinal follow-up. This represents a unique clinical resource in the state of Washington and includes an outreach clinic on an annual basis in Spokane and Yakima.
UW Department of Medicine, School of Medicine
Seattle Area Neurogenetics Clinics