Jewish Genetic Diseases are a COMMUNITY Problem

Of the 112 students that were screened on the Yeshiva University campus this past April, more than one third were found to be carriers of at least one Jewish genetic disease.  This demonstrates that being a carrier is not a stigma, it’s a community problem!  Fortunately, carrier screening via the PJGH is significantly more affordable than in the past, thanks to a new relationship with genetic testing company, Counsyl.  In addition, generous subsidies from Mr. Michael Stoler and the Foundation for Medical Evaluation and Early Detection makes pre-conception carrier screening even more affordable.

Our carrier screenings – coordinated through the Montefiore Medical Center/Einstein office of Dr. Susan Klugman, PJGH Director of Clinical Services and Community Outreach, include genetic counseling sessions.  Click here for more information on how to get screened via the PJGH.  Also check out a recent opinion piece from one of our genetic counselors, Estie Rose, about the importance of carrier screening.

Posted on August 20, 2012, in Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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