The Institute of Human Genetics (IHG) began in 1990 as the Medical Genetics Unit of the University of the Philippines College of Medicine which in 1999 became as one of the service and research oriented institutes of the National Institutes of Health-University of the Philippines Manila (NIH-UP). Since then all services of the Medical Genetics Unit were transferred to the Institute and is now the largest provider of genetic services in the country.

Organization Goals
Today, the IHG houses a clinical genetics unit and four laboratories – Newborn Screening, Cytogenetics, Molecular and Cancer Genetics and Biochemical Genetics; providing both diagnostic and research services with a staff of over 70 consisting of geneticists, physicians, nurses, medical technologists, biochemists, chemists, biologists and administrative support staff.


  • To provide services that allow definitive diagnosis and early detection of potentially treatable genetic conditions
  • To promote health by understanding the genetic basis of common diseases in the Filipino population through basic and clinical research
  • To propagate awareness about common genetic conditions through educational programs among physicians and the general public
  • and To provide technical information for policy recommendation to help advance the national health agenda


Organization Vision

An internationally-recognized center for excellence in genetics committed to quality research and services accessible to all Filipinos and the world using state-of-the-art and relevant technology


Organization Mission

Advance the national health research agenda through genetic services, research, advocacy and policy recommendation