Genetic Research

Genetic research is at the core of the diagnosis and treatment of genetic and hereditary conditions. GGC’s Division of Research has a successful history of gene discovery, particularly in the field of X-linked intellectual disability. Current research is aimed at improving the way diseases are diagnosed and treated. Adults and/or children who are affected by a genetic disorder and their healthy family members may participate in genetic research.

At the Greenwood Genetic Center, we use cutting-edge technologies to assist clinicians in making an accurate and thorough diagnosis, helping both the patient and their families better understand the cause of the disorder and furthering the path toward treatments and cures.

These tools, which compliment traditional genetics technology, include:

  • Multiple array CGH platforms
  • Next Generation sequencing
  • Expanding enzyme analysis testing

Our laboratory faculty and staff appreciate the trust you place in us, and we strive every day to provide exceptional service for our referring physicians, genetic counselors and the families they serve.

Fields of Genetic Research at GGC

Advances in genetic medicine occur faster when researchers, laboratory scientists and clinicians collaborate to learn more about genetic disease. This is the exact approach geneticists at the Greenwood Genetic Center take. Sharing information and discoveries between our research groups and other divisions at GGC as well as with researchers and clinical collaborators from around the world is helping GGC reach its goal of reducing the prevalence and impact of genetic disorders.

GGC’s Center for Molecular Studies, located at the JC Self Research Institute, is led by the Director of Molecular Studies, Charles Schwartz, PhD.

Current areas of focus include:

  • Autism
  • X-linked intellectual disability (XLID)
  • Autosomal loci for intellectual disability
  • Split-hand/foot malformation
  • Neural tube defects

At the Center for Anatomic Studies, resources are devoted to understanding why birth defects happen and how they can be prevented. Monitoring embryonic and fetal growth, as well as conducting perinatal autopsies and other types of fetal examination are all part of the ground-breaking work being done at the Center for Anatomic Studies.

Bioinformatics combines mathematics, statistics, computer science and engineering to better analyze and manage the large volumes of data generated by genetic research. The Bioinformatics department at GGC oversees many projects at once, including biological databases, genomic data integration, and next generation sequencing.

Collaborate With Us

Contact the JC Self Research Institute at 1-800-939-1920 for more information about collaborating with the genetic research programs at the Greenwood Genetic Center contact.

To learn about our ongoing studies and patient recruitment, contact Heather Davis, RN.

To send a patient sample for molecular studies, please complete our Research Sample Form or contact Melanie May.

Please submit the Metabolomics Request Form with all metabolic profiling samples.

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