Stroke conference to hear latest in genetics

12 April 2012

The world’s leading stroke researchers are gathering in Newcastle to hear the latest discoveries in genetic profiling and how it can help predict how stroke patients will respond to treatment.

The International Stroke Genetics Consortium Conference will be hosted by the University of Newcastle over the next two days.

Professor Chris Levi, Conference co-chairman and Director of the John Hunter Hospital’s Acute Stroke Unit, says genetic profiling is also helping to uncover the underlying causes of stroke.

“High blood pressure, smoking, diabetes, high cholesterol, all these are well recognised and play a major role, but they only account for 60, 70 per cent or so of the risk,” he said.

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