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New guidelines for genetic testing for CJD and other prion diseases

By 21/04/2017April 22nd, 2017News

We are very pleased to announce that the guidelines for PRNP genetic testing, produced in 2016 by a working group chaired by Professor Martin Delatycki,  are now completed and have been submitted to the Human Genetics Society of Australasia (HGSA) for ratification.

The following guidelines are recommended procedures, not regulations. They are recommendations concerning the use of genetic testing for the detection of mutations in the prion protein gene (PRNP) and were developed by a committee consisting of representatives of genetic counselling services, genetic testing laboratories, the CJD Support Group Network (CJDSGN) and the Australian National Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease Registry (ANCJDR).

These recommendations are to be used to protect and assist at-risk individuals and should be therefore freely available to patient families to ensure that they are able to make independent informed decisions. These guidelines are also intended to assist clinicians, clinical geneticists, genetic counsellors, testing laboratories, health departments, ethics committees and lay organisations in caring for patients and their families.

PRNP Guidelines April 2017