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Prof. Tamara Sarkisian, Dr.Sc.is the director and founder of the Center of Medical Genetics and Primary Health Care (CMG). She is active in numerous professional organizations, being the professor at medical education courses and seminars. She is also the head of the department of medical genetics of Yerevan state medical university after M.Heratci.
Established in 1998 the CMG has become one of the leading multidisciplinary outpatient centers providing most comprehensive services in the diagnosis, prevention and management of genetic disorders and birth defects affecting fetuses, newborns, children, adolescents and adults. The Center’s mission is to bring genetics to the practice of medicine and to provide superior patient care by being a leader in clinical management, research and education.

Our Center has a highly skilled physicians, geneticists and counselors to service the needs of patients and referring physicians. Professional staff of the CMG has many years of experience in medical genetics and clinical practice and fruitful collaboration with different foreign genetic institutions and hospitals.

CMG is applying the achievement in molecular genetics, especially in the research of the genetics of Mendelian and complex traits, to medical practice to prevent or manage genetic conditions and to provide prenatal diagnosis of genetic disorders or birth defects. CMG is involved and has played a leading role in a number of high-profile clinical and molecular, biochemical, immunological, cytogenetic, immunohistochemical diagnostic services, as well as genetic counselling. We provide information and offer support to the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of diseases with genetic background. Early identification of individuals and families at risk for genetic conditions is important because the effects of many genetic diseases may be prevented or reduced through early diagnosis and management. A genetic counselor can meet with a person or family that may be at risk for an inherited disease or abnormal pregnancy outcome. Our research efforts cover all aspects of patient care from screening, early detection and prevention strategies through new improved treatments for advanced disease. The research and education potential of CMG serves to create bridges between basic research and clinical implementation, supports the creation of innovative projects in the fields of medical genetics, women’s health, cancer genetics, including numerous noncommunicable and infectious diseases.

CMG is a partner of the following international networking services and fpindations, as ORPHANET (Portal for rare diseases), EUROGENTEST (Genetic testing in Europe: a network for test development, harmonization, validation and standardization of services),EMQN (European molecular genetic quality network), EQA (Cytogenetics network). The Ethical Committee of CMG was set up in January 2002. It develops and administers policies for ethical research in CMG.


On July 2-4, 2015 the "Center of Medical Genetics and Primary Health Care" organizing 4th International Medical Congress of Armenia "Together to Healthy Nation"


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"Identifying genes for Mendelian Traits using Next Generation Sequence Data." course will be held at the Max Delbrueck Center in Berlin from September 28-October 2, 2015


Identifying Genes for Mendelian Traits using Next Generation Sequence Data

Sept. 28-Oct. 2, 2015 Max Delbrück Center (MDC) for Molecular Medicine Berlin, Germany

The Identifying Genes for Mendelian Traits using Next Generation Sequence Data Course will be held at the MDC in Berlin from Sept. 28-Oct. 2, 2015. The goal of the course is to teach the course participants both theory and application of methods to identify genes for Mendelian diseases/traits using filtering methods, homozygosity mapping and linkage analysis.

Emphasis in this course is on strategies for gene mapping and variant/gene identification for Mendelian Traits. It will include theory as well as practical exercises. The exercises will be carried out using a variety of computer programs (e.g. Gemini, GeneHunter, GERP, Homozygosity Mapper, Integrative Genome Viewer, MERLIN, PhyloP, PolyPhen, SEQLinkage, Variant Mendelian Tools,) and with pencil and paper. TOPICS include: study design; linkage analysis and homozygosity mapping using genotype array and next generation sequence data (exome and whole genome), haplotype reconstruction, evaluating pedigree informativeness and power to detect linkage, identification of causal variants using filter approaches, variant annotation, evaluation of deleterious effects of variants and their functionality. The organizers and instructors for the course are Suzanne Leal (Baylor College of Medicine) and Michael Nothnagel (University of Cologne).

The cost of the 5 day course is 975 EUR for researchers from an academic institution, and 1,950 EUR for individuals from private (for profit) companies. This fee covers tuition, Monday evening wine and cheese party and course related expenses (handouts, etc.) but not room, board or meals. Inexpensive housing is available for course participants at the MDC and nearby hotels. The maximum number of participants is 40.

For additional information on the course please contact Suzanne Leal:

Email: sleal@bcm.edu URL: https://www.bcm.edu/research/labs/center-for-statistical-genetics/courses/ngs-mendelian-course-sept-oct-2015 Phone: +1 (713) 798-4011 Fax: +1 (713) 798-4012


Training on Genetic Counseling, Yerevan, Armenia


During 25-28 April, 2016, in the frame of Tempus MEDGEN project the training program was organized and held at the Center of Medical Genetics, Yerevan, Armenia for the specialists of Yerevan State Medical University. The specialists and residents form other medical centers and institutions were also participated. The training was conducted by Professor Heather Skirton and Specialists in Genetic Counseling Selina Goodman and Peter Lunt from Plymouth University, UK. The training program was mainly on how to learn and practice genetic counseling skills. The training consisted form the several parts, including: theoretical and practical parts, as well as real case discussions. The main themes of the training were the following: - Revision of basic skills of counseling - Revision of core conditions for counseling - Theory for work with clients and families - Skills practice session - Exercises on counseling (role games) - Real case discussions brought by participants Every day had an opening and closing sessions, when participants expressed their thoughts and experiences of the days, and what they took from that particular day. It was a very efficient and useful training. Participants shared their skills in genetic counseling. There were organized role games when participants acted as clients, counselors and also as observers of the course and took notes for giving the feedback on the process. After each practical part each participant received a feedback from the observer and had an opportunity to improve their skills for the next counseling exercise. Difficult counseling cases from own practice were presented and were discussed with the group.


Center of Medical Genetics and Primary Health Care employees condolences to the families of those heroically killed in Artsakh and wish speedy recovery to our wounded soldiers


Center of Medical Genetics and Primary Health Care employees condolences to the families of those heroically killed in Artsakh and wish speedy recovery to our wounded soldiers. The center staff gathered 3 million 150 thousand AMD for transfer to cover the costs of treating the wounded and the families of the victims.


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