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Yale: Study Hopes to Identify Shared Genetic Variants to Common Traits and Diseases

The co-occurrence of common traits and diseases pose a critical public health challenge and may be explained, in part, by genetic loci shared between these traits and diseases. At the Yale School of Public Health, associate professor of epidemiology Dr. Andrew DeWan is co-leader of a new study that seeks to identify shared genetic variants that play a role in common traits and diseases such as asthma, obesity, type 2 diabetes, and high blood pressure.

Dr. DeWan and colleagues recently received a $2.8 million grant from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute that will be used to conduct statistical analysis of the genotype and phenotype of 500,000 individuals to better understand the role shared genetic loci may play in these common traits and diseases. Such information could lead to the development of more targeted single interventions that simultaneously treat both diseases.