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Clinical and Metabolic Genetics
Dr Roberto Mendoza- Division Head
In 1990, medical genetics was approved as a training program by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons. Between 1990 and 1993, the division's chief function was to train fellows in clinical genetics, and the first Ministry-of Health-funded positions were secured in 1993. The training program has benefited form strong support by the Department of Paediatrics.
One of the division's major accomplishments was the development in collaboration with the Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment program, of a Maternal Phenylketonuria (PKU) program. Among other things, this program has enabled a seamless transition in the care of adult women with phenylketonuria, an inherited metabolic disorder, from SickKids to The Toronto Hospital.
In recognition of his research achievements in developmental genetics, Division member Dr. Rod McInnes was appointed an International Scholar of the Howard Hughes Foundation in 1997. Another fruit of the division's research labours is textbook titled, "A Clinical Guide to Inherited Metabolic Diseases", written by past Division Head, Dr. Joe Clarke.
Since its inception, the division has made particularly important strides in the palliative care of children with terminal conditions.
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