Genes for every occasion: links to heart and lung health identified

Posted by pt91 at Sep 26, 2011 04:50 PM |
This last week has seen two high profile studies linking genes to prevalent illnesses by teams with expertise from the University of Leicester.
Genes for every occasion: links to heart and lung health identified

Professor Martin Tobin with his Leicester team.

In fact, in the previous week Professor Martin Tobin and Louise Wain of our Department of Health Sciences co-led a study that identified six gene regions with links to high blood pressure.

Now Professor Tobin has led a second study with the University of Nottingham and U.S. National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences that identified genetic variants associated with the health of the human lung.  They were part of an international consortium of 175 scientists from 126 centres in Europe, the USA and Australia.

Their discovery of sixteen new sections of the genetic code that relate to lung health sheds new light on the molecular basis of lung diseases like Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD).

Earlier in the week saw the discovery of five new genes that affect risk of developing coronary artery disease (CAD) and heart attacks by another international team. Professor Nilesh Samani, British Heart Foundation Professor of Cardiology in our Department of Cardiovascular Sciences, was the co-principal investigator for this study with the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge.

  • University press releases:

New discoveries in genetics of lung health  

New genes identified for coronary artery disease and heart attacks