Background and Purpose - The field of ischemic stroke genetics is moving beyond candidate gene studies into the realm of genomewide association studies. Such studies have resulted in discoveries in diverse, complex disorders. Methods - The author conducted an informal qualitative review of peer-reviewed medical literature. Results - The power of genomewide association studies to confirm prior associations and establish new ones is illustrated by recent work focusing on type 2 diabetes mellitus. A pilot genomewide association study of ischemic stroke failed to identify a single gene of major effect. Conclusions - Follow-up studies with substantially greater statistical power are essential and are being planned by the Wellcome Trust and others.
- Consesus data elements
- Whole genome
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Clinical Neurology
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
- Advanced and Specialized Nursing