The Genomic Medicine Center at Children's Mercy was established in 2011. Among the first of its kind with a pediatric focus, the center provides clinical genomic services and is an epicenter for genomic research. Although our focus is sequencing and analysis of rare inherited diseases in children, plans are underway for expansion into a translational cancer genomics program and the use of pharmacogenomics in precision medicine.
An experienced team in genome analysis
Our staff includes MDs, PhDs, RNs and clinical laboratory scientists experienced in genome analysis. Team members feature board-certified clinical molecular geneticists, genetic counselors, bioinformaticians and software engineers. We work closely with the Bioethics Center and collaborate with physicians representing every subspecialty at Children's Mercy.
Genomic research services
Children's Mercy is dedicated to becoming a leader in pediatric translational research — studies that translate medical research into better ways of treating sick kids. This commitment is leading to new breakthroughs in treating, diagnosing and preventing complex childhood diseases, which, in turn, transforms lives of kids in our community and around the world.
The Center performs genomic tests for internal and external investigators. The laboratory started a research project in early 2016 taking a broader "integrated genomics" approach to understanding what's going on in difficult to understand diseases. Integrated genomics is an approach which combines numerous next-generation sequencing methods to understand the underlying biology of a given sample. Integrated genomics allows deeper investigation into the relationship between DNA and inherited diseases. Methylation studies tell a story at the molecular level. While many rare diseases are not methylation-related, methylation might play a role in the biological processes behind some rare conditions. We are also examining expressed RNA to provide clues on what cells in the body are involved, as well as disease progression and severity. Combining whole-genome sequence data with these additional data may provide more opportunities for physicians to take care of sick children.
The different types of sequencing, testing and specimen options which are offered by the Genome Center may be viewed here. If interested in collaborating with the Center, please complete a questionnaire. The questionnaire will allow our team to evaluate the proposal and our ability to provide assistance.
Genomic Answers for Kids
Genomic Answers for Kids – a flagship initiative of our Children’s Research Institute – will collect and store genomic information and biological samples from 30,000 children who may have a genetic condition and their biological family members. This will be a rich resource for researchers studying genetic conditions and could lead to answers and new treatments for children. To learn more, contact the study team at GA4K@cmh.edu or 816-915-4200 (x14200).