Apollo Hospitals, Navi Mumbai has launched the Apollo Genomics Institutes to provide comprehensive care to patients and families with genetic disorders. Genomic medicine is a medical discipline that deals with genetic disorders and helps in the diagnosis and treatment of rare and inherited diseases. It also provides information on the risk of an individual developing a disease and their response to a particular treatment and enables precision and personalised medicine. In addition to rare disorder diagnosis, genomic medicine is also being used in cancer pharmacogenomics and for tracking outbreaks of infectious diseases.
The Apollo Genomics Institutes will help individuals, couples and families understand the medical, psychological, familial and reproductive implications of genetic disorders. Large population groups with genetic disorders, abnormal genetic tests, children with developmental delays, congenital anomalies, and family members with genetic indispositions will be significantly benefitted from the Apollo Genomics Institutes. The Genomic Centre would ensure early assessment and identification of genetic conditions with relevant interventions, long-term treatment and care.
Ms. Sangita Reddy, Joint Managing Director, Apollo Hospitals Group said, “Research shows that many diseases may have a direct or indirect genetic origin. Apollo Hospitals is proud to be among the first to create a specialised multidisciplinary Apollo Genomics Institutes that will bring genomic medicine into everyday clinical care and help patients and families with genetic indispositions. The Genomics Institutes will provide comprehensive care including diagnosis and testing, rehabilitation, counselling, and multidisciplinary care for patients and their families. Apollo Genomics Institutes has invested in multiple modern testing techniques, which has made a significant impact on the clinical diagnosis of Genetic medicine.”
Ms. Sharmila Tagore, the renowned Bollywood actor was the Chief Guest at the event. She said, “Over past 4 decades, Apollo Hospitals is known for the quality of care offered to patients. The Apollo Hospitals Genomics Institutes is a testimony to this legacy. I hope that with the availability of genetic counselling and increased awareness about genetic disorders, we are able to positively impact the well-being of women & children. I congratulate Apollo Hospitals for bringing the latest medical technologies & comprehensive care for the benefit of patients in India.”
Prof. (Dr) Anupam Sibal, Group Medical Director, Apollo Hospitals said, “The sequencing and analysis of the human genome has revolutionized medicine, enabling the era of personalised care. Genomic medicine focuses on treating and preventing disease through assessment of an individual’s genetic structure. The Apollo Genomics Institutes will translate advancements in genetic medicine into real benefits for patients with dedicated and experienced genetic consultants and certified genetic counsellors. Clinical conditions where Genomic Medicine can play a transformational role include developmental delays in children, liver, kidney, neuro and cardiac disorders multiple pregnancy losses, advanced maternal age, infertility and history of genetic disease in the family. The specialist Genomic medicine team at Apollo Hospitals will ensure that these diseases are diagnosed early apart from screening of the other at-risk family members”
Dr Rashid Merchant, Consulting Paediatrician, Apollo Hospitals Navi Mumbai said “Despite vast challenges, there has been a dramatic shift in successful treatments for genetic disorders. Medical genetics is the youngest specialty in medicine and next generation sequencing is considered the biggest advance in health science since the introduction of Radiology. India is presently on the cusp of a genomic revolution and we must strive to bring genetic services of International standards within the reach of every individual. The purpose of this venture at the Apollo Hospitals is to provide genomic services to Navi Mumbai and beyond and serve as a Reference Centre for Western India”
Mr. Santosh Marathe, Regional CEO – Western Region, Apollo Hospitals, said, Apollo Hospitals Navi Mumbai (AHNM) has rapidly emerged as a Centre of Excellence in various specialities and super specialities over the past few years. AHNM has kept active pace with adoption of technology along with advancement in clinical progression. AHNM acknowledges that people with genetic conditions associated with learning disabilities & incidental developmental delay are more likely to experience poorer developmental & health outcomes due to lack of personalised care & special facilities. The launch of The Apollo Genomics Institutes is to reduce the disease burden while ensuring early assessment & interventions. The Institute has dedicated experienced Genetic Consultants & certified Genetic Counsellors with multi-disciplinary integrated supportive care providers in occupational therapy, physiotherapy, psychology & speech language therapy.