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Genetic Counseling and Testing for Neurological Disorders

Genetic testing involves examining your DNA and can reveal changes (variants, previously called mutations) in your genes that may cause illness or disease. Although genetic testing can provide important information, the decision to have genetic testing can be difficult. A genetic counselor can help you decide if testing would be helpful and can then interpret and help you understand your results. Meeting with a genetic counselor is an important step in the process of genetic testing.

The Northwestern Medicine Neurogenetics Program at Northwestern Memorial Hospital offers comprehensive genetic counseling and testing services for patients with neurological conditions including:

Our dedicated team includes highly experienced professionals in the fields of neurology and genetics, including specially trained neurologists, geneticists, genetic counselors and nurses.

Services We Offer

  • Expert clinical evaluations and diagnoses
  • Genetic counseling
  • Genetic testing
  • Diagnostic and pre-symptomatic testing
  • Family planning and prenatal testing
  • Comprehensive treatment planning for movement disorders


Your care team will provide you with the education and support you need to make an informed decision about genetic testing. If you choose to undergo genetic testing, our team will help you understand the implications of the results and determine next steps. To schedule an appointment with a genetic counselor, please call 312.695.7950.

Meet The Team

Feinberg School of Medicine researchers working in a lab
The Neurogenetics Program at Northwestern Memorial Hospital offers comprehensive genetic counseling and testing for patients with neurological conditions.

Meet the Neurogenetics Team

Areas Of Care

Genetic Counseling

If you are considering genetic testing, a genetic counselor can help you determine the appropriate testing for you and your family.

Genetic Testing

Genetic testing is a process used to identify gene variants. The results of a genetic test can confirm a suspected genetic condition, or help determine a person’s chance of developing or passing on a genetic disorder.

Frequently Asked Questions

See if genetic testing and counseling may be right for you.

What To Expect on the Day of Your Appointment

Knowing what to expect on the day of your appointment will help ease anxiety about genetic testing and counseling.

For Physicians

If your patient has symptoms of a neurological condition that may be caused by or linked to a genetic mutation, our experts can help diagnose the suspected disorder, and provide recommendations for treatment in your clinic.

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