Our team at the Senckenberg Centre for Human Genetics conducts genetic counselling and diagnostic analyses for virtually every genetic disorder. However, there are areas of special expertise concerning particular disease groups - namely deafness, eye diseases, neurogenetic disorders (including developmental delay/mental retardation), congenital malformation syndromes and genetic tumour predisposition. There has been long-standing diagnostic and scientific activity of our physicians and scientists, and the latter is reflected by the identification of several new genes associated with isolated and syndromic hearing impairment, retinal degeneration and various syndromes.
Familial clustering of cancers may indicate that hereditary factors play an important role for cancer development in such families. Genetic counselling and molecular genetic diagnostics may enable targeted preventive screening measures and might be important for individual treatment in some tumour entities.