Major advances and mainstreaming in genomics are impacting all specialty areas of medicine, leading to new approaches in diagnosis and management across a large range of conditions. This unit provides contemporary knowledge of these advances in many key subspecialty areas such as neurology, nephrology, cardiology, ophthalmology, and paediatric genomics. This unit is for the advanced level non-genetics professional, aimed at providing the skills and understanding to be able to implement genomics in their own field of medicine, and understand the latest trends and approaches to genomic medicine. Students will gain a sophisticated knowledge and understanding of the integration of genomic and disease-specific clinical knowledge for optimum management, in a multidisciplinary approach with genetic counselling, bioinformatics, and molecular genetics. Case based multidisciplinary approaches will be used to develop skills to analyse the genetic and genomic literature in the context of disease-specific features and the clinical situation, to provide the most appropriate and timely diagnostic and genetic risk information for patients and families. System and disease-specific advances in management of genetic conditions will be a focus including use of precision pharmacological and genetic therapies. There will also be an emphasis on the counselling and ethical issues of genomics, with input from consumer groups, education, health policy, and indigenous genomics experts, as well as many of the cutting-edge Australian genomics strategies currently being implemented..
Online lectures and case discussions
Online quizzes (10%), 4x 400-500 word case-based discussion forums (30%); generation and peer review of assessment items (20%), final exam (40%)
Strachan, T and Read, A. Human Molecular Genetics (4th Edition). Garland Science
This unit of study assumes knowledge equivalent to GMED5001. It is strongly recommended that students who lack a good working knowledge of genomics complete GMED5001 before enrolling in this unit.