Medical Genetics Clinics
About Medical Genetics
The application of Genetics in health care has allowed medical professionals to offer diagnostic, therapeutic and risk assessment strategies for individuals or families with conditions, which may have a genetic etiology. These conditions may range from being severe and life threatening to being relatively benign and of little consequence, but all can affect any organ system and present at any age. There are many causes of genetic conditions, ranging from changes in the number or structure of your chromosomes, to single gene mutations (amongst others). There are also numerous disorders, which possess a genetic component. The ability to peer into an individual’s genetic makeup has reached a point where the use of this biomedical technology can directly address the health care needs of our patients.
A Medical Genetics clinic can evaluate and decide if and to what degree a genetic condition is contributing health and disease, and how best to offer therapeutics. This acts as a consultative service in assisting patients’ health care professionals in caring for them, in offering recommendations concerning focused genetics testing, and in treatment options, which may supply better outcomes. Genetic factors are now known to influence or cause diseases which are frequently seen in society, and this service is meant to advance the health care of the afflicted by recognizing and addressing how these heritable elements impact the lives of our patients.
Genetics Clinics and Research
UNLV Ackerman Center for Autism and Neurodevelopment Solutions
Autism is a complex neurobehavioral disorder leading to impairments in social interaction, language development and not being able to relate to others, with other findings such as rigid or repetitive behaviors. Children born with this condition are usually diagnosed by 3 years old, and lasting effects are usually witnessed throughout their lives, with a spectrum of clinical presentations ranging from severe manifestations to milder forms. Previously, little was understood about what autism was and what could be done to help, however newer medical technologies in the field of Genetics has allowed us to probe the DNA of persons with this condition, and in just under half of all cases, the etiology has been discovered. This a is a major breakthrough which offers the potential for further research and directed therapies, and can assist currently in the medical care of those afflicted.
NIPM is privileged to work with the UNLV Ackerman Center for Autism and Neurodevelopment Solutions (UNLV Ackerman Autism Center) as part of an interdisciplinary approach to offer medical care and counseling to patients and families dealing with autism. Such evaluations supply meaningful information in regards to deciding how to address what has become one the most common developmental disabilities seen in children. The goal is to direct therapies, which can maximize the opportunity of these children to have productive and happy lives. Clinical services include having a Medical Geneticist, Michael Nasiak, MD see patients as part of the consultative services provided at the UNLV Ackerman Autism Center.
Location: 630 Rancho Dr., Ste. A, Las Vegas, Nevada 89106-4873
Genetics services hours: Tuesday and Wednesday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Schedule an appointment by contacting:
UNLV Ackerman Center for Autism and Neurodevelopment Solutions, Director of Operations