Many diseases and disorders, including common complex disorders such as diabetes and heart conditions, have an underlying genetic basis. Having an awareness of the genetics involved can help in accurate diagnosis; e.g. in differential diagnosis of the monogenic form of diabetes, Maturity Onset Diabetes of the Young (MODY) from the complex Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes, leading to appropriate treatment.
Here we present a set of resources for learning and teaching about MODY. Diabetes presents in many forms including the rare monogenic form MODY, of which there are a number of known genetic variants, neonatal diabetes and the more common complex forms, type 1 and type 2 diabetes where both genetics and the environment are contributing factors.
We are grateful to Dr Maggie Shepherd, Honorary Reader, University of Exeter Medical School and Senior Research Fellow, Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust, for her professional input, help and expert guidance in developing all of the MODY resources.
Whilst these resources are based on a specific condition (MODY), they provide an example of how new genetic technologies are helping us to improve the lives of patients and their families. We have also mapped the concepts highlighted to the National Occupational Standards and provided signposting to supporting resources.