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GECKO on the run

These resources are concise summaries for clinicians on genomic disorders, technologies or topics. They all feature a bottom line with key takeaway messages and relevant resources.

A GECKO on the run is about 2-3 pages in length and is meant to highlight practical clinical information for non-genomics clinicians, such as:

  • What is the condition/topic/technology?
  • What are the Red Flags to consider a genetic assessment?
  • What does the genetic test result mean?
  • How will genetic testing help you and your patient?
  • Are there benefits, harms or limitations to genetic testing?
  • What are the recommended surveillance and management guidelines?

Cancer genomics

  • Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer Syndrome
  • Lynch Syndrome


  • Factor V Leiden
  • Familial hypercholesterolemia
  • Hereditary thoracic aortic disease
  • Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy
  • Long QT syndrome

General genomics

  • Hereditary Hemochromatosis
  • Genomic test results
  • Schizophrenia
  • Type 2 diabetes


  • Alzheimer disease
  • Autism spectrum disorder
  • Epilepsy
  • Huntington disease
  • Multiple sclerosis


  • Codeine and breast-feeding

Prenatal and preconception genomics

  • Chromosomal microarray (prenatal)
  • Consanguinity
  • Non-invasive prenatal testing


  • Chromosomal microarray
  • Chromosomal microarray (prenatal)
  • Direct-to-consumer genetic testing
  • Genomic test results
  • Non-invasive prenatal testing


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A Guide to understanding prenatal screening

A Guide to understanding prenatal screening

A resource developed for pregnant persons and their providers. Everything you wanted to know about screening from deciding whether or not have it, to results…

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Latest News

The GEC-KO team will be presenting at the 2021 University of Ottawa’s Annual Refresher Course

Have some questions about how Canada’s genetic non-discrimination act works and what it means for your practice?

Check out this 2022 article in Canadian Family Physician

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