22 November 2010
Venue: Willoughby Lecture Theatre, Charterhouse Square
High blood pressure affects over 1 billion people worldwide and accounts for over 50% of cardiovascular deaths annually. Genes and lifestyle factors (e.g., salt intake and obesity) are both known to be important risk factors. Identifying the genes is hoped to lead to the development of new therapeutics for treating blood pressure. At present only 25% of patients achieve current blood pressure targets, and up to 20% are resistant to current therapies. Professor Munroe will talk about her research on searching for blood pressure genes, a project that has evolved from relatively small family studies to large international collaborative projects over the past decade.
Patricia Munroe graduated with a B.Sc. in Biochemistry and M.Sc. in Biotechnology from University College Galway, Ireland. She then undertook Ph.D. studies at St Bartholomew’s Hospital working on the genetics of hypertension graduating in 1995. Subsequently she worked as a post-doc at the Rayne Institute, UCL and was successful in cloning the genes for Battens disease and Keutel syndrome. She joined the William Harvey Research Institute as a Lecturer in Molecular Genetics in 1998 and was promoted to Professor of Molecular Medicine in 2007.
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