What We Do

Jnetics is involved in a wide range of activities to achieve our core objectives. We focus on three core areas: raising awareness/education, providing information, and offering carrier screening for severe recessive Jewish genetic disorders (JGD).

Raising awareness

Much of our awareness-raising work takes place via our GENEius programme. GENEius provides education to all Year 12 students at Jewish secondary schools, to Jewish university students, and engaged couples by working with various synagogue movements so that JGD information is provided as part of the pre-marriage process.

In addition, our activities include PR campaigns in the Jewish press and via social media channels; presentations and group discussions at synagogues and schools; and targeted events with rabbis, community leaders and medical professionals to broaden community understanding, and management, of JGDs.

Providing information

Through our website and other resources we help enable people to find the best information, services and support in the UK for those affected by Jewish genetic disorders.  All are information is provided impartially and without judgement, helping people to manage their situations in the way that best fits their personal beliefs and circumstances.

With funding from Jeans for Genes we have developed a ‘signposting’ service that includes a facility to send individual questions directly, and in confidence, to our genetics information specialist.

Carrier screening for severe recessive Jewish genetic disorders

Jnetics works in conjunction with the NHS to provide the UK Jewish community with accessible, responsible and affordable carrier screening for the 9 most severe recessive Jewish genetic disorders*

The genetic testing is done in an NHS laboratory based at Liverpool Women’s Hospital, while the clinical genetics department in Northwick Park Hospital provides the NHS genetic counsellors involved in several aspects of the service.

Screening is provided via the Jnetics clinic based at Barnet Hospital, as well as distinct screening events delivered as part of the GENEius programme. 

 

If you are interested in helping us to progress our activities, please visit our get involved section.

 

*Disorders covered in Jnetics’ carrier screening

Tay Sachs Disease
Cystic Fibrosis
Familial Dysautonomia
Canavan Disease
Glycogen Storage Disorder (type 1a)
Fanconi Anaemia (type C)
Niemann-Pick Disease (type A)
Bloom Syndrome
Mucolipidosis IV