Medical Genetics offers the region’s only comprehensive spectrum of genetics services, including both clinical diagnosis and on-site genetics laboratories. Two physician clinical geneticists and four genetics counselors provide prenatal, pediatric, adult/familial and cancer diagnoses and genetic counseling.
The nationally recognized, state-of-the-art medical genetics laboratories include cytogenetics, molecular cytogenetics, DNA diagnostics and a large screening program. The molecular laboratories are equipped to perform large-scale sequencing and genotyping studies. There is an internationally renowned research program on the genetics of common diseases with major emphasis on asthma, mental retardation, diabetes and cancer.
Wake Forest School of Medicine was the first in the nation to establish a Department of Genetics in 1941.