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Genetic research gets £1.8m grant

Genetic research gets £1.8m grant

Research into the genetic causes of heart disease has been boosted thanks to a grant of £1.8million from the Department of Health and the Wellcome Trust.

The funding, through the Health Innovation Challenge Fund, is designed to support improvements in the diagnosis and treatments of inherited heart diseases, including dilated cardiomyopathy.

The award will be used by the National Institute for Health Research's Royal Brompton Cardiovascular Biomedical Research Unit.

The unit, which works with researchers at the National Heart & Lung Institute and doctors at Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust, uses state-of-the-art technology to investigate heart disease genetics.

Director of genetics Professor Stuart Cook:  “We’ve sequenced around 200 genes that are important for heart diseases that run in families. This grant will allow us to employ a team of four people to take all of the data and prepare it for use in a clinical diagnostics setting."

Professor Cook and his team will build databases of information that will allow them to take forward more detailed studies of the gene mutations that have been identified.

The team aims to use the information to improve the everyday lives of people affected by inherited heart disease.

by CMA Manager on 23-Apr-13 15:04

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