Duke Task Force For Neonatal Genomics

A group of researchers and clinicians formed the Duke Task Force for Neonatal Genomics in early 2011. Our goal is to bring patients, researchers, and clinicians together to use genomics to investigate the causes of unexplained medical conditions in children.

By sequencing (the spelling out and reading of DNA) children early in life, clinicians can make use of personalized genomic information that, in combination with all of the other tools doctors have at their disposal, can improve patient management and outcomes.

We hope and expect that by engaging families at the beginning of patients’ lives and by recognizing their contributions to Task Force diagnostic efforts, we can begin to deliver answers to families, improve patient care, develop lasting partnerships with families, and realize the promise of the human genome.

Our group draws from our strengths in:

  • Clinical assessment
  • Genetic counseling
  • DNA sequencing
  • Interpreting DNA changes in the genome and understanding their effects on human biology