The Neurogenetics Department provides diagnostic services for neurogenetic and other hereditary diseases prevalent in Cyprus and neighbouring countries. These include mutation detection, linkage analysis, carrier detection and prenatal diagnosis.
The department has created and is in charge of the genetic registry of the Institute. The staff works closely with clinical neurologists, neuropathologists and neurophysiologists.
The department has the expertise to localize unknown disease genes by genome-wide linkage search. So far six neurogenetic and one nephrological disease genes have been mapped. Research programmes have been financially supported by the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) of the United States, the French MDA (AFM), the European Union, UNOPS, MECC, the Planning Bureau / Government of Cyprus and the Cyprus Research Promotion Foundation. Several research programmes are organised in collaboration with other institutions in Europe, the United States and the Middle East.
The department is also involved in educational activities.