03 July 2019

Who needs genetic research and why?

Round table "Fontanka.<url>" and "Doctor Peter" already on July 15

St. Petersburg portal "Doctor Peter" together with the online publication "FONTANKA.<url>" within the framework of the project "WHAT IS SICK IN St. PETERSBURG" holds a round table on the topic: "Who needs genetic research and why?"

We invite you to discuss the following issues at the round table:

  • What information about the genetics of their patient are doctors willing to work with?
  • Are genetic studies in demand in routine medical practice or do Petersburgers do them solely out of curiosity?
  • Who needs genetic research vitally, and who can live without it (they lived somehow before)?
  • What can modern medicine do if studies show a high risk of developing serious hereditary diseases, for example, oncological or autoimmune?
  • Experts suggest that genotyping should be included in the CHI standards for all patients with genetic diseases, and for those who struggle with infertility using in vitro fertilization (IVF) – also preimplantation diagnosis of embryos, if it is planned by families where there are children or relatives with hereditary diseases. Is this realistic, given the cost of genetic tests today?

The Ministry of Health has announced the transition to 4P medicine, in which the first P is prevention and a healthy lifestyle. The second P is personification (individual, including genetic diagnosis). The third is predictive medicine (prevention and treatment based on the results of individual studies). It is assumed that as a preventive measure, this medicine will answer the question not: "What are you sick with?", but what can you get sick with. The fourth "P" is "parsipativeness", that is, the patient's conscious approach to his health, taking care of him, and in case of illness – adherence to treatment. That is, genetic research in this scheme is an absolute component: prevention and treatment should be based on the individual genetic characteristics of a particular person's body. This requires an accessible genetic diagnosis. Does it exist in St. Petersburg?

For questions of participation, please contact:

Anna Sosnovik
+7(921) 993-97-50

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