MedGen is a cross-regional project involving 4 partner universities (including the Coordinator) from Armenia and Israel and 6 EU organizations.
The Armenian and Israeli universities are positioned well in their countries to become leaders in developing staff capacity and professional workforce in MG.
RAU is a unique institution in the South Caucasus region founded under the joint authority of the Russian Federation and the Republic Armenia integrating 5 institutes and 32 academic departments. RAU offers a wide range of UG, GR and PG programs in more than 70 fields of studies. Graduates receive Russian and Armenian diplomas, as well as European diploma supplement. The department of Medical Biology and Bioengineering was established in 2005 as one of the first departments of the newly founded Biomedical Faculty of the RAU. Today it is a well-established division with educational, research and development activities extending beyond the national borders with an international network of collaborating institutions. The academic staff of the division has a broad spectrum of activities and significant experience in research and education in the fields of Bioengineering, Biomedicine, Medical Technology, and Genetics. The Russian-Armenian University, which has a 1-year course of MG for undergraduate students, will develop a new 2-year master program in genetic counseling allowing to practice in genetic counseling in Armenia.
Tel Aviv University, with 29,000 students, is the largest comprehensive research university in Israel. The Department of Human Molecular Genetics and Biochemistry of the Sackler Faculty of Medicine provides courses and training in genetics, molecular biology, and biochemistry to medical, dental, paramedical and graduate students. The main courses taught are introductory and advanced Biochemical, Genetic and Molecular Bases of Medicine, for a fundamental knowledge of biochemistry, genetics and molecular biology and an advanced course in clinical genetics and metabolic disorders. The faculty includes genetic counselors, clinical geneticists, clinical laboratory personnel, bioinformatics experts, population geneticists, psychologists, and basic researchers. The Department engages in joint teaching and research programs with research centers throughout the world. Research in the Department is conducted in laboratories on the main campus and in affiliated hospitals.
Tel Aviv University (TAU) is the largest research university in Israel which provides courses and training in genetics, molecular biology, and biochemistry to medical, dental, paramedical students while engaging in joint teaching and research programs with research centers throughout the world. The main courses taught are introductory and advanced for a fundamental knowledge of biochemistry, genetics and molecular biology and an advanced course in clinical genetics and metabolic disorders. Through this project TAU will develop a new 2-year master program in genetic counseling.
TIIT is a public research university in Haifa, Israel, offering degrees in science and engineering, including medicine, architecture, industrial management and education, with 18 academic departments and 50 research centers. The Department of Genetics teaches courses in Molecular Genetics and Human Hereditary to students in the MD, engineering, occupational therapy, nursing, and graduate studies programs. The activities of the Genetics Department includes research used nation-wide for designing genetic screening and diagnostic programs for disorders in the general population in Israel. Research in the Department of Genetics is conducted in laboratories on the main campus and in the affiliated hospitals.
The Technion-Institute of Technology (TIIT) situated in the northern part of Israel with the population characterized by a higher prevalence of genetic diseases, and the small numbers of geneticists and genetic counselors, has launched a teaching program for training genetic counselors. The faculty staff includes genetic counselors, clinical geneticists, clinical laboratory personnel. Through this project TIIT will strengthen and expand it by developing a modern 2-year master program in genetic counseling.