Half of all genetic diseases affect the nervous or neuromuscular systems. Genetics play a role in the predisposition to common diseases, such as stroke, headache, epilepsy and multiple sclerosis. The Neurogenetics Program, which includes the Neurogenetics Clinic and the Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT) Multidisciplinary Clinic, offers comprehensive diagnostic, treatment, and genetic counseling services for those who have or who are suspected of having a genetic disorder affecting the nervous system. Examples include Huntington disease, the spinocerebellar ataxias, muscular dystrophies, mitochondrial disorders, leukodystrophies, hereditary spastic paraplegia, neurofibromatosis, tuberous sclerosis, Friedreich ataxia, some types of Alzheimer disease and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

John Kamholz, MD, PhD. Dr. Kamholz is the Director of the Neurogenetics Program. He obtained his MD, PhD, and completed residency in neurology at the University of Pennsylvania and is a board-certified neurologist. Dr. Kamholz did a post-doctoral fellowship in molecular neurobiology at the National Institutes of Health. His research interests include multiple sclerosis, Pelizaeus-Merzbacher disease and the molecular basis of disorders affecting myelin.

Kelly Kennelly, MS, CGC., Ms. Kennelly is a genetic counselor in the Neurogenetics program at Wayne State University. She received her Master of Science in Genetic Counseling from Wayne State University. She is involved in clinical coordination and provision of genetic counseling services to patients with various neurogenetic disorders.  In addition, she supervises and teaches genetic counseling students, medical students, and residents.

Gerald Feldman, MD, PhD. Dr. Feldman sees patients in the Neurogenetics Clinic and provides clinical genetics expertise.

Genetic Counseling Graduate Program
Center for Molecular Medicine and Genetics
Wayne State University School of Medicine
3127 Scott Hall
540 E. Canfield Avenue
Detroit, MI 48201
Administrative Office:
(313) 577-6298
Fax: (313) 577-9137

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