Neurogenetics in Peru: clinical, scientific and ethical perspectives

Mario Cornejo-Olivas, Keren Espinoza-Huertas, Mario R. Velit-Salazar, Diego Veliz-Otani, Indira Tirado-Hurtado, Miguel Inca-Martinez, Gustavo Silva-Paredes, Karina Milla-Neyra, Victoria Marca, Olimpio Ortega, Pilar Mazzetti

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Neurogenetics, the science that studies the genetic basis of the development and function of the nervous system, is a discipline of recent development in Peru, an emerging Latin American country. Herein, we review the clinical, scientific and ethical aspects regarding the development of this discipline, starting with the first molecular diagnosis of neurogenetic diseases, to family and population-based genetic association studies. Neurogenetics in Peru aims to better explain the epidemiology of monogenic and complex neurodegenerative disorders that will help in implementing public health policies for these disorders. The characterization of Peru and its health system, legal issues regarding rare diseases and the historical milestones in neurogenetics are also discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)251-257
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Community Genetics
Issue number3
StatePublished - 6 Jul 2015
Externally publishedYes

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  • Bioethics
  • Neurogenetics
  • Peru
  • Public policies


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