Botswana Optometrist Association together with MYGENEDx (Pvt) Ltd. is proud to bring a one-of-a-kind course for the first time to Botswana.
Human genome mapping and the knowledge of genomics has entered the clinical arena in medical practice. Lack of knowledge in the discipline would harm our patients and their family and several studies have emphasized this in all the fields of medicine, including Ophthalmology, Optometry and Vision Sciences. Hence, the need for the knowledge in Optometry practice, which is undergoing revolutionary changes due the advancement is many sectors including Optometry and Vision Sciences.
- To impart the knowledge and skills of medical genetics, genomics and genetic counselling to Optometrists.
- The above knowledge should be useful for the optometrist during clinical practice and further studies.
|Duration||8 Weekends ( 2 Hrs / Week)|
|Learning Platform||Virtual Live Instructor Led – Zoom / Google Meet|
|Evaluation Pattern||MCQ Based Test and Case Discussion at end of the six-week Course|
|Outcome||At the end of the course, the optometrist should be able to:|
1. Take multi-generational pedigrees
2. Interpret phenotype-genotype of a genetic disorder
3. Interpret genetic diagnostic results
4. Explain risk factors to the family
5. Practice and teach Clinical Genetics.
Prof. G. Kumaramanickavel MD
Managing Director, MYGENEDx Pvt. Ltd., India.
- Prof. Kumar trained in India, United States of America and New Zealand works on ocular genomics, genetic counselling and epidemiology.
- Has published 125 peer reviewed papers and has counselled over 12,000 genetic disorder patients.
- Director of Research : Narayana Nethralaya, Bangalore, India.
- Visiting Associate: Ophthalmic Genetics & Clinical Services Branch, National Eye Institute, NIH, USA.
- Formerly: Deputy Director of Research, Professor of Genetics & Molecular Biology,
- Executive Officer (Medical), Sankara Nethralaya, India.
Basic Genetics, Medical Genetics & Genomics, Genetic Counselling and Research
Classification of genetic disorders, mendelian inheritance (pea plants to human diseases), monogenic, multiple traits, linkage disequilibrium, chromosomes, heritability (twin studies), DNA, karyotype, protein synthesis, codon/anticodon, mutation, genotype, phenotype, susceptibility, single nucleotide polymorphisms, epigenetics, pedigree drawing, genes and environment and various genetic terms used in medical genetics.
Inheritance of genetic disorders, chromosomal disorders, single gene disorders, mitochondrial disorders, complex disorders, understanding in a medical perspective, DNA to signs and symptoms of disease, genome wide association studies, pharmacogenetics, consanguinity, direct to consumer testing, online reliable genetic websites and ‘omics’
Human genome project, genomics, human diseases from molecular points of view, recent advances in various fields of medicine including ophthalmology, optometry and vision sciences (anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, medical biology and pathophysiology of vision, lid anomalies, corneal dystrophies, refractive errors, glaucoma, congenital cataract, retinal degenerations, diabetic retinopathy, retinopathy of prematurity, age-related macular degenerations, optic neuropathy), DNA diagnostics, management of diseases and regenerative medicine (gene therapy, stem cell, siRNA).terms used in medical genetics.
To inculcate potential skills in the learners to prepare them to deal with the external world in a collaborative manner, communicate effectively, take initiative, solve problems, and demonstrate a positive work ethic so as to hold a good impression and positive impact