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Arabian Gulf University: Dr. Cristina Skrypnyk speaks at the 1st Gulf Medical Administration Forum.

Manama: June 13 -- (BNA)-- Dr. Cristina Skrypnyk - a Consultant Physician in Medical Genetic Sciences at the Al-Jawhara Center for Molecular Medicine cum Assistant Professor in the Arabian Gulf University (AGU) - participated as an invited guest speaker in the 1st Gulf Medical Administration Forum at the Regency Intercontinental Hotel (Bahrain) during the period 4-6 of June 2013. She presented a workshop themed ""Best Practice in Medical Genetics: genetic testing and ethical issues". Genetic testing plays an increasingly-growing role in the modern medical practice due to rapid advancements in the field as a result of the success of the Human Genome Project.

To assure patients of the highest quality of medical care, Dr. Cristina said that physicians should become familiar with the currently available array of genetic tests and test limitations and to be able to identify patients within their respective practices who are candidates for genetic testing.

The purpose of this workshop was to review the genetic tests panel available today and to emphasize the ethical issues related to genetic testing and provide guidelines for the appropriate use of genetic tests.

Dr. Cristina mentioned that the topics she discussed with the workshop's participants included: Genetic testing: diagnostic, carrier and predictive; genetic tests: types, indications and limitations; genetic testing in children and adolescents; pre-natal genetic testing; expert consultation and referral; well-informed patient consent; options post-genetic testing; genetic data, the patient and his/her family.

The workshop was well received by the audience who updated their knowledge about the genetic tests panel, indications, advantages and limitations and emphasized the extended ethical implications of genetic testing.



BNA 0752 GMT 2013/06/13

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Date:Jun 13, 2013
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