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.


Kawasaki disease

Kawasaki disease is an acute febrile illness that occurs most frequently in young children. It was initially thought to be benign self-limited illness but is now known to lead to aneurysm and other cardiac complications and may be fatal.

The study group is composed of pediatric specialists from the fields of cardiology, rheumatology, immunology, genetics and infectious disease. The study group aims to establish a multi-center registry of diagnosed cases of Kawasaki Disease and their families in the country; to determine the demographic profile, clinical profile and outcome of patients with Kawasaki Disease in the Philippines; and to identify host susceptibility factors for Kawasaki Disease among Filipinos in collaboration with the International Kawasaki Disease consortium. The group is also organizing biennial national symposium on Kawasaki Disease targeting both health providers and families affected with Kawasaki Disease.