Neurogenetics

The progress in the field of genetics allowed a better recognition of the basis of neurological and neuromuscular disorders. On one hand, this led to more efficient diagnostic tools for hereditary neurological disorders. On the other hand, this development allowed a better examination the molecular basis and pathogenesis also in non-hereditary neurological disorders. Hopefully, this will lead to novel therapeutic strategies for these disorders, which often cannot be treated adequately to date.

Neurogenetic Consultation
The neurogenetic consultation of the Department of Neurology offers:

Counseling and assessment of patients with potentially hereditary disorders of the central and peripheral nervous system and muscle disorders
Medical treatment of patients with hereditary neurological and neuromuscular disorders  
Counseling and assessment of relatives of patients at risk of a hereditary neurological and neuromuscular disorder

Referral

A referral to the Neurogenetics consultation can be made by letter, fax (+41 44 255 43 80) or secure mail (nos-dispo-amb@usz.ch).

Neurogenetic Laboratory

The neurogenetic laboratory is integrated into the CSF laboratory of the Department of Neurology. It offers:

Asservation und storage of DNA samples
Shipment of DNA samples for the molecular genetic analysis of specific genetically determined neurological and neuromuscular disorders

Scientific Focus

The scientific focus of the research group is the examination of the role of physical exercise on muscle properties and course of neuromuscular and neurodegenerative disorders. One current project funded by the Swiss National Foundation (SNF) examines the effect of regular physical exercise in patients with Huntington's disease. Other clinical-scientific projects are dedicated to the clinical, pathological and genetic characterization of Swiss patients with muscle dystrophies and the McLeod neuroacanthocytosis syndrome.

We are members of the European Huntington Disease Network (EHDN) and participate to the Registry Study (http://www.euro-hd.net).

Team Leader

Prof. Dr. med. Hans H. Jung
Senior Leading Physician
Tel. +41 44 255 55 45
Fax +41 44 255 43 89
hans.jung@usz.ch