Teaming Up in Lafayette

After years of working with healthcare partners and participating in the Accelerate South program in the Lafayette area, ThinkGenetic is thrilled to be officially establishing our Lafayette office to bring greater awareness and education about genetic conditions to the community in 2021. Through this office we will continue to build important relationships with the local healthcare systems, advocacy groups, and providers. ThinkGenetic hopes to become an important and innovative part of the local community. Check back often to see the latest updates and news.

Learn More About Important Genetic Conditions

Usher Syndrome

Usher syndrome is a genetic condition that leads to progressive loss of hearing and eyesight. Early identification of Usher syndrome can help families and patients learn more about the active and vibrant Deaf-Blind community in Lafayette and empower themselves on medical and social levels.

Friedreich Ataxia

Friedreich ataxia, or FA, is a genetic condition that affects the nervous system and causes problems with voluntary movement and coordination (ataxia). People with Friedreich ataxia gradually lose their strength and feeling in their arms and legs; develop stiffness in their muscles (spasticity); and have slow, slurred speech (dysarthria). Early identification of FA can help patients and families connect with local and national advocacy groups and learn about clinical trials in the condition.

Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease

Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease, also called CMT, is a group of genetic disorders that affect the peripheral nerves. These are the nerves outside of the brain and spinal cord that carry messages from the brain to muscles and sensory cells throughout the body. CMT affects both motor and sensory nerves beginning in the arms and legs. Early identification of CMT can help patients and families connect with local specialists familiar with the condition to develop treatment plans as well as national advocacy groups.

Tay-Sachs Disease

Tay-Sachs disease is a rare neurological disorder that progressively worsens over time. Individuals with this disorder cannot break down a normal substance in the body called GM2 ganglioside, a type of fatty material called a lipid. Because they can't break this substance down, it builds up in cells of the body, particularly nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord. Tay-Sachs disease is most familiar in its severe form that begins in infancy, but there are also adult onset forms.

Next Steps

ThinkGenetic is a cutting-edge tool that empowers patients who want to know about possible genetic causes for their medical issues or obtain real-life answers to their questions about the impact of living with a genetic disease. ThinkGenetic will help you understand what questions to ask doctors in order to improve your medical care. Our goal is to help speed time to diagnosis and reduce chances of diagnostic error - two things that can make a significant difference to millions around the world.

Have general questions about Genetic Diseases and Disorders? Email our Genetic Experts for answers for free!

Our free Symptom Matcher Tool can help determine if a Genetic Disease is a possible explanation for your symptoms and provides a Tear Sheet for your clinician!

*Disclaimer note: The Content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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