ThinkGenetic welcomes HCU Network Australia to the ThinkGenetic Advocacy Partner Program. Through this partnership, people impacted by the genetic condition homocystinuria in Australia and beyond will have a wider array of education and support available to them.
“We are excited to be part of the ThinkGenetic’s Advocacy Partner Program,” explains Tara Morrison BA LLB, Director and Chair of HCU Network Australia. “Up to fifty percent of classical homocystinuria cases are not detected by newborn screen; therefore raising awareness of this disorder is pivotal to achieve timely diagnosis and the initiation of treatment for these patients. Through the partnership with ThinkGenetic, we will be able to reach a wider audience in the aim to improve the diagnostic path and provide support and education for those impacted by the disorder.”
Classical Homocystinuria (HCU) is a rare genetic disorder present from birth. In HCU, the body is unable to break down an amino acid called methionine. This causes a buildup of methionine and another amino acid called homocysteine, which affects the eyes, brain, bones and blood vessels and can cause serious health problems when untreated.
“Our partnership with HCU Network Australia is valuable for those dealing with homocystinuria in Australia and around the world,” explains Len Barker, ThinkGenetic President and Co-Founder. “The ThinkGenetic platform will provide more visibility to the great resources HCU Network Australia have available, and together we can help shorten the time to the right diagnosis and treatment.”
ThinkGenetic helps people living with HCU and other genetic disorders through its resources for patients and families. The ThinkGenetic SymptomMatcher diagnostic aid helps undiagnosed individuals determine if HCU or other genetic conditions could be at the root of their health problems.
About the ThinkGenetic Advocacy Partner Program: ThinkGenetic enters into Advocacy Partner agreements with organizations, support groups and charities to share information, increase public awareness of genetic conditions and provide trustworthy resources to those living with or caring for someone with a genetic disorder. Learn more and view current partners at news.thinkgenetic.com/advocacy-partner-program or email firstname.lastname@example.org for information about enrollment in the program.
About HCU Network Australia: HCU Network Australia is a Health Promotion Charity established in 2014, with the vision “to be a driving force in the journey to a cure, improving quality of life along the way”. Our aim is to improve individual outcomes through education, research and support. Learn more at https://www.hcunetworkaustralia.org.au.