About THGS

Origins

  Genetic diseases have a significant impact on humans. If patients cannot receive necessary medical treatment promptly and appropriately, it will cause irreparable harm to their health and life. There may be over a hundred thousand genes operating in these types of cells, and any problem with the expression of one gene can have serious consequences. The number of previously known single gene inherited diseases has exceeded 10000. Although these diseases are rare, their variety is numerous, so their total number is considerable.

  There are various types of genetic diseases, and the ability of healthcare professionals to handle these diseases is usually limited. Even for genetic specialists, each individual case is actually a new challenge that requires a lot of time and effort. Due to the multiple types of genetic diseases but a relatively small number of cases per type, the necessary testing equipment and drugs for medical treatment cannot be obtained from ordinary sources, and the high consumption of medical materials, only a few physicians can obtain the support of medical institutions to engage in this work.

  Because the establishment of genetic medicine is extremely difficult, everyone works silently under extremely difficult conditions. This makes it difficult for medical institutions to cooperate with each other, and the connection between doctors needs to be strengthened. There are often duplications or omissions in the research work. The pipeline for the referral of patients and individuals is quite blocked. Sometimes it is also difficult to secure resources from the government and society.

  The loose connection between the genetic medical community makes it difficult for grassroots doctors and the general public to effectively access genetic disease medical resources. The inability of patients to be quickly referred to specialized physicians is a crucial challenge. For metabolic disorders, delayed diagnosis often represents death or serious sequelae. The most worrying thing is that genetic diseases often have a high recurrence rate. If the severity of the situation cannot be understood, the patient's parents is highly likely to give birth to offspring with the same genetic disease in ignorance, causing tragedy to repeat.

  When genetic disease physicians explain rare diseases to the public, they often find it extremely difficult to grasp and guide the effective incidence of genetic diseases in Taiwan. It also causes great inconvenience when publishing papers or conducting research. Today, if you want to seek genetic medical resources from the government and society, this is also an unavoidable problem. Without these data, the development of genetic medicine in Taiwan will be severely restricted.

  In order to promote the well-being of Taiwanese patients and significantly improve the academic standards of genetic medicine, the genetic medical community has united and established the Genetic Society of Taiwan. It is hoped that through the operation of the society, a nationwide genetic medical information and rare disease registration system will be established. The members of the society will gather a large number of resources, and through the implementation of the conference, let the public know where to obtain medical treatment for genetic diseases, let grassroots doctors know how to transfer patients with genetic diseases, let genetic specialists know how to utilize resources from other medical institutions, and enable individuals in the diagnosis and treatment of genetic diseases and genetic specialists to develop expertise, integrate and effectively utilize genetic disease medical resources, so as to further provide the basis for the formulation and implementation of policies by the competent health authority.