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2012 Seminar Series

Title: ‘Public  health applications of cardiovascular genomics’

Speaker: Dr Michael Holmes

Date & Time: Friday 22nd  June 1pm-2pm

Venue: G37 & G38


Over the past decade, genomic data have become readily available with many genetic loci now robustly identified with disease risk. The question now arises of how to translate this information into improved clinical care. Three distinct translational methods include: (i) personalized drug prescribing (pharmacogenetics); (ii) investigating the role of putative causal biomarkers in disease aetiology to improve biological understanding and validate new drug targets (Mendelian randomization), and; (iii) utility of genomic information to predict disease events.

The PhD is based on two of these three domains. First, I investigated the evidence base behind what has been considered a “prototype” pharmacogenetic test: CYP2C19 genotype testing to predict response to clopidogrel, a widely prescribed antiplatelet drug. Second, I used Mendelian randomization to investigate the role of secretory phospholipase A2 (sPLA2-IIA), an enzyme thought to be pro-atherogenic, in cardiovascular disease. Finally, I am investigating the role of alcohol in cardiovascular health using the gene ADH1B.

Michael obtained BSc (Hons) at St Andrews University, MBBS at University College London and Masters (Epidemiology) at London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. His supervisors are Dr. Juan P Casas, Prof. Aroon Hingorani, and Prof. Mika Kivimaki. He is funded by a MRC Population Health Scientist Fellowship.

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