The Montreal Jewish Genetic Disorders Fund
One-in-five descendants of Eastern and Central European Jews carry some genetic mutation. It is now possible to identify these mutations with a simple blood test or saliva-test. If couples are both carriers of the same mutation and are aware, they have many reproductive options and can understand the implications of these options. The MJGDF is a volunteer-run organization. It was established in July 2006 and is dedicated to increasing awareness of:
- Jewish genetic disorders and the need for screening;
- The testing options that exist for Montrealers; and
- Reproductive choices for couples.
Funds are used to develop tools for outreach to community members, healthcare professionals, clergy and government. We also support initiatives that increase access to testing and minimizes wait times for counselling and testing.