New educational app for Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease

Research News
Published: 
Monday, June 27, 2016 - 2:30pm

Professor Joshua Burns, Dr Manoj Menezes and the Centre of Research Excellence in Neuromuscular Disorders have just released a new app for early career neurologists, medical trainees and clinicians looking to further understand the genetic basis of Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease (CMT).

The CMT Gene Explorer is an educational app for iPad that guides the decision making process for identifying and prioritising genes to test for CMT.

CMT is the most common inherited nerve disorder, affecting children and adults. It is characterised by progressive motor and sensory nerve damage, which leads to weakness and sensory loss in the feet, hands and limbs, as well as foot deformities, ankle instability and difficulties with balance and walking. 

CMT can appear clinically similar among individuals, yet its genetic basis is complex and diverse, making it difficult for health professionals to pin-point which genes to test for CMT. To date, more than 80 genes have been linked to CMT!

How does it work?

The CMT Gene Explorer has been developed from a set of algorithms that combine clinical phenotypes, neurophysiology and prevalence of CMT.  The app guides the user through a series of simple steps for identifying and prioritising genes to test for CMT.
The CMT Gene Explorer also provides details of research and clinical resources available for health professionals and individuals with CMT.

Search 'CMT GE' in the app store and download to your iPad for FREE.