The Division of Clinical and Translational Genetics (Director: Olaf A. Bodamer MD, PhD, FACMG, FAAP) is a newly formed Division within the Dr. John T Macdonald Foundation, Department of Human Genetics at the University of Miami. The Division of Clinical and Translational Genetics provides state-of -the-art clinical and diagnostic in-and out-of patient services for patients of all ages with genetic disorders including but not limited to inborn errors of metabolism, neurogenetic disorders, genetic syndromes, familial cancer syndromes or when inheritance is likely to play a major role.

The Division view itself at the nexus of clinical medicine and genetic research, where “bench meets the bedside”, providing vital expertise in the field of genomic medicine and its clinical applicability. Its responsibilities are to provide state-of-the-art clinical care as well as diagnostic services for patients in Florida, the Caribbean, Middle and South America. An integral part of the Division is the Biochemical Genetics Diagnostic Laboratory (BGDL) that was started by the late Skip Elsas MD, FACMG through the generous support of the Dr. John T. Macdonald Foundation. The BGDL is currently the only laboratory that offers biochemical diagnostic services for a broad range of disorders in Southern Florida and is an important reference laboratory for newborn infants that are diagnosed through the Florida State Newborn Screening Program.

Several hundred individuals with inborn errors of metabolism including Maple Syrup Urine Disease are currently followed by an interdisciplinary, international team of geneticists, nutritionists. Additional specialties are involved as needed on a case to case basis. The team strives to integrate medical knowledge and cutting edge technologies into routine medical care on an ongoing basis.

Dr. Olaf Bodamer has received extensive training in biochemical and medical genetics both at a clinical as well as laboratory level at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London, UK (Prof. Dr. James Leonard) and at Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX (Prof. Dr. Art Beaudet) and is an internationally renowned expert in the field of inborn errors of metabolism. Prior to his move to Miami he had been responsible for the Austrian National Newborn Screening nand Chief for the Division of Biochemical and Pediatric Genetics in Vienna, Austria. Dr. Bodamer is board certified in clinical genetics, and pediatrics. He is author of more than 100 scientific publications and book chapters and member of several editorials and scientific boards. His current scientific interests include newborn screening techniques, lysosomal storage disorders and genetics of prematurity.

Contact information:

Olaf Bodamer MD, PhD, FACMG, FAAP
Professor of Human Genetics, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Director, Division of Clinical and Translational Genetics
Dr. John T. Macdonald Foundation Department of Human Genetics
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
BRB 608 (M-860)
1501 NW 10th Ave, Miami, FL, 33136
TEL: +1 305 243 n6056 (office)
TEL: +1 305 243 6006 (appointment for patients)
FAX: +1 305 243 3919
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