The Department of Medical Genetics has a strong commitment to research. Because the study of genetics itself has such a broad spectrum, research is an absolute necessity. The more information that is discovered and understood, the more readily a specific diagnosis can be reached and specific treatment prescribed for each patient. This is an ongoing process and a constantly changing one at that.
It should also be noted that genetics is truly a cross-specialty study. Most genetic issues affect more than just the genes themselves. As an example, a patient with Marfan syndrome may have symptomology affecting their vascular, skeletal, neurologic, and visual systems. Typically, a team effort in patient care is involved, requiring members from more than one specialty to form a team approach to patient care. This allows for more thorough patient care.