The Genetic Code of Blood Pressure

Research partnerships with Ontario Universities discover...

a gene that is linked to high blood pressure, improving personalized treatments for heart patients.

Treating people with high blood pressure first requires identifying the genes that drive the normal formation of the heart. Although researchers have begun that process, they haven’t yet captured all the “ingredients” – the different genes – that could help repair specific areas of the heart, such as valves. The University of Ottawa’s Mona Nemer is accelerating our understanding of those ingredients.  Working with researchers at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute and networks in Montreal, England and Australia, she identified a gene called GATA5 that interferes with blood pressure regulation by causing defects in small blood vessels.

 

Her discovery promises to improve personalized treatments for heart patients.

 

Unlocking the heart’s genetic secrets