Individually, genetic disorders are rare but together they affect 1 in 25 children. Their associated health problems mean that genetic disorders are the biggest cause of death of children aged 14 years and under.
Unlike common diseases, the rarity of genetic disorders poses special problems for the people affected. These include:
Difficulty in obtaining accurate diagnosis
Lack of experience of clinicians in treatment
Good information is harder to find, for professionals and families
Research is less likely to occur than for common diseases
Developing medicines may not be economic for companies
Treatments are often very expensive
Jeans for Genes was created by the CGD Society, a registered UK charity. It is an appeal dedicated to raising funds that will help people affected by genetic disorders.
Jeans for Genes aims to
Raise awareness of genetic disorders among the general public and clinicians
Improve diagnosis of genetic conditions
Boost research by world leaders in the field to develop cures and new treatments
We would like you to join us
The American Society of Gene and Cellular Therapy (ASGCT) recognises our activity.
"The Foundation Symposium, sponsored by Jeans for Genes at the ASGCT meeting provided an outstanding review of the potential of gene therapy for treatment of Chronic Granulomatous Disease, putting the experience with CGD into context with advances in gene therapy for other primary immune deficiencies.’"
"The Symposium provided a critical venue for CGD investigators from across the world to exchange their experience and data."
Prof. Harry Malech,
Head, Genetic Immunotherapy Section, National Institutes of Health, USA