Distance Learning in Paediatric Neurology

Unit 1: Neurogenetics

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This unit provides an introduction to the growing area of genetics, to enable you to understand the genetic bases of many of the neurological diseases of childhood which you will encounter throughout the distance learning course in paediatric neurology, and throughout your career as a clinician practicing paediatric neurology.


This Unit contains 27.5 hours of study, divided into the following sections:

Section Study hours

1. Introduction to clinical genetics
Aim:  To demonstrate an understanding of the importance of an accurate genetic history and the implications for the family

2 hours

2. Patterns of inheritance
Aim:  By the end of this section you will have an understanding of the different patterns by which human characteristics are transmitted

4.5 hours

3. DNA
Aim:  To understand the principles of DNA structure and function, and the principle techniques used to study it.

6 hours

4. Chromosomal
Aim: By the end of this section you will understand the key principles involved in human chromosomal disease.

6 hours

5. Dysmorphology
Aim: To understand the scope of dysmorphology in paediatric neurology practice.

6 hours

6. Prenatal diagnosis, presymptomatic testing and DNA storage
Aim: By the end of this section you will understand the principles of informed consent for genetic testing.

3 hours
Total study hours = 27.5 hours


You can begin studying this Unit at any time and work through it at your own pace. There are no time limits to finish the Unit. If you spend about 4 hours per week on this course, you will complete it in about 6 weeks. When you complete the unit, please send it to us. On receipt of the completed unit, we will check that all 3 star activities have been completed and will issue a CPD certificate for the number of hours shown above.

Who is this Unit for?

This Unit is particularly suitable for:

  • Paediatric trainees
  • Specialist Paediatric trainees
  • Specialist Paediatric Neurology trainees
  • Consultant Community Paediatricians
  • Consultant Paediatricians


The course is delivered via a dedicated website. On receipt of your application we will register you and send your username and password to access your unit. All the activities and required papers are available for you to download from the course website. You will not need access to any additional resources to complete this unit.

If you enrol on an individual unit, this Introduction to Paediatric Neurology unit is provided at no cost - it is your choice if you complete it, however, other participants have found it very helpful (see their comments below).

What do students say are the best things about this unit?

  • “Dysmorphology” (UK)
  • “Genetics” (UK, Switzerland)
  • “Clinical genetics, prenatal diagnosis, presymptomatic testing and DNA storage” (Georgia)
  • “All of it” (Saudi Arabia, UK)
  • “Being thrown in material that you work with everyday but now you know more about it, it is very inspiring” (Netherlands)
  • “It is systematic and offers good papers and activities” (Denmark)
  • “Patterns of inheritance” (Switzerland)
  • “Inheritance and dysmorphology” (Greece)
  • “Revision of the basics” (Australia)
  • “Basic science review” (Australia)
  • "Genetics” (Saudia Arabia)


Fees must be paid at the time of registering. You can register online and pay your fee by credit/debit card or request an invoice be sent to your place of work (you will need a purchase order number from your hospital for this option). The cost of this Unit depends on the country in which you are working.  

  • High income countries = £170
  • Low & middle income countries = £57

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