Lauren Kerzin-Storrar

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Eighty-one subjects (56 affected patients and 25 parents of isolated affected cases) from 63 families with neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1) on the North Western Regional Genetic Family Register (NWRGFR) were interviewed. Patients were interviewed either before (n = 26) or after (n = 55) genetic counselling. In the group as a whole, knowledge of the clinical(More)
This new book provides eloquent testimony for the central role psychological considerations do and should play in the day-to-day work of the genetic counselling professions (whether medical geneticists, genetic counsellors, genetic nurses, etc.). Rather than presenting an exhaustive summary of the psychological genetic counselling literature, the author(More)
Predictive testing by means of gene probes was offered to 110 adults at risk of Huntington's disease (HD). A further 91 individuals spontaneously sought predictive testing. Acceptance rates were highest (85.1%) amongst 47 individuals who spontaneously sought testing and were referred from outside the region, and lowest (15.5%) among the 110 invited to(More)
The family histories of 131 patients with histologically defined Hodgkin's disease (HD) were studied and 2,517 first and second degree relatives and spouses were identified and followed-up. The causes of death in deceased relatives were ascertained from death certificates. The numbers of deaths from selected causes were compared with the numbers that would(More)
Patients attending genetic clinics are often the main gatekeepers of information for other family members. There has been much debate about the circumstances under which professionals may have an obligation, or may be permitted, to pass on personal genetic information about their clients but without their consent to other family members. We report findings(More)
One hundred and ninety subjects from 100 adult polycystic kidney disease (APKD) families on the North Western Regional Genetic Register were interviewed to determine the likely demand for prenatal diagnosis. A detailed questionnaire was used to assess understanding and experience of clinical, therapeutic, and genetic aspects of APKD. Major features of the(More)
The pedigrees of 192 subjects at risk of Duchenne or Becker muscular dystrophy, myotonic dystrophy, or balanced chromosome translocations attending three regional genetic clinics were inspected to identify relatives who were themselves at high risk of these disorders. Of the 342 relatives eligible for inclusion, 43% (63/147) of the register relatives and(More)
Genetic nurses and counsellors work as part of the professional team providing clinical genetic services from regional centres in the United Kingdom. The education and training needs of genetic nurses and counsellors have not previously been formally identified. The guidelines presented have been devised to equip practitioners to fulfil their professional(More)
The United Kingdom (UK) is comprised of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland and the current population is approximately 62 million (Office for National Statistics 2012). Healthcare, including genetic services and appropriate testing, is provided to all citizens free at the point of service, via a National Health Service (NHS) funded through(More)
A total of 102 families with Duchenne muscular dystrophy has been studied with linked DNA polymorphisms as an aid to estimating carrier risks for female relatives. Early work using probes RC8, L1.28, and pXUT23 gave very little clinically useful information because of the high recombination rates between these probes and Duchenne muscular dystrophy and the(More)