New grant to power translation of heart research

25 February 2013

UK researchers hope to develop a new understanding of the genetic causes of heart problems following a £1.8 million grant.

A team at Imperial College London will use the money, from the Health Innovation Challenge Fund, to employ four people to analyse current data and use it in clinical diagnostics.

About one in 100 people are affected in some way by inherited cardiac conditions, or ICCs, with risk of heart mafunction embedded in a person's genetic code, inherited from their parents.

Imperial's Medical Research Council Clinical Sciences Centre is known for its work in human genetics and inherited cardiac conditions, work which has established its pedigree in the area.

"We've been working in the area of human genetics and inherited cardiac conditions for some time,” said Imperial's Professor Stuart Cook.

"The lab work will continue, and each month we recruit 80 healthy volunteers and 80 patients," he added,

"From the bioinformatics to the lab set-up and tool development for reporting on variants, there is a huge amount of work to be done."

Posted by Edward Bartel

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