Here you will find fact sheets on numerous genetic disorders, tests and other common topics. GEC-KO materials were developed through a careful review of available literature and, when appropriate, in consultation with specialists working in specific areas of medical genetics. Most of the products developed by the GEC-KO team have been prepared by a multidisciplinary team of healthcare providers. Some fact sheets link to outside sites that have been reviewed by the GEC-KO team.
Featured GECKO products are GE-CKO on the run and GEC-KO Messenger. Each GEC-KO on the run is a concise summary for healthcare providers on a genetic disorder, technology or topic. For access to a more comprehensive summary, view or download a GEC-KO Messenger. Both GEC-KO Messengers and GEC-KO on the run are written by a team that includes genetic counsellors, geneticists and genetic researchers. All are reviewed by a family physician. They are evidence-based and referenced, and feature a ‘Bottom line’ with recommendations.
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Long Chain 3-Hydroxyacyl-CoA Dehydrogenase (LCHAD) Deficiency | Fatty Acid Oxidation Defect (FAOD) | Newborn Screening Ontario
Medium chain acyl-CoA dehydrogenase (MCAD) deficiency | Fatty acid oxidation | Newborn Screening Ontario
3-Methylcrotonyl-CoA Carboxylase (3MCC) Deficiency | Organic Acid Disorder | Newborn Screening Ontario
Prostate Cancer | Hereditary Cancer | Familial Cancer | Gene Messenger (2009)
Sickle Cell Anemia | Hemoglobinopathy | Newborn Screening Ontario | Ethnicity-based screening | Gene Messenger (2010)
Very Long Chain Acyl-Co-A dehydrogenase (VLCAD) Deficiency | Fatty Acid Oxidation Defect (FAOD) | Newborn Screening Ontario
Each GEC-KO on the run and Gene Messenger is a 1-2 page review of a genetic disorder, test, or gene-disease association. They are written by a genetic counsellor with input from a geneticist and family physician. They are evidence-based and referenced, and feature a ‘Bottom line’ with recommendations.
Gene Messengers were developed as part of the GenetiKit project. This was a CIHR funded randomized controlled trial to enhance the delivery of genetics services by family physicians. The objective was to determine if a multi-faceted knowledge translation intervention would improve skills in primary care genetics including genetics referral decisions, confidence in core genetics competencies and knowledge. Findings from this study were published and can be found in Carroll JC, Wilson BJ, Allanson J, Grimshaw J, Blaine SM, Meschino WS, Permaul JA, Graham ID. GenetiKit: a randomized controlled trial to enhance delivery of genetics services by family physicians. Fam Pract 2011; 28(6): 615-23.
Currently, the website is attempting to meet the information needs of healthcare providers. As a result, when choosing content and terminology for the site, we have assumed that the reader has a certain amount of medical knowledge.
Healthcare providers must use their own clinical judgment in addition to the information presented herein. The authors assume no responsibility or liability resulting from the use of information on this website.
All healthcare providers using this site are encouraged to consult local genetics clinics, medical geneticists, or specialists for clarification of questions that arise relating to specific patient problems.
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We strive to provide accurate, timely, unbiased and up-to-date information on this site, and make every attempt to ensure the integrity of the site. However, it is possible that the information contained here may contain inaccuracies or errors for which neither GEC-KO nor its funding agencies assume responsibility.