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The genetic epidemiology of refractive error

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The genetic epidemiology of refractive error

Speaker: Dr Toby Andrew

Affiliation: Department of Epidemiology & Public Health, Imperial College, London Date: 9th Apr 2008 Time: 14:00:00 Venue: M203 Host: N Soranzo Abstract: Refractive error is a common quantitative trait that is easily measured and highly heritable, making it an ideal condition to study in an unselected, population-based set of sibling pairs, which is available using the St.Thomas’ UK Adult Volunteer Twin Registry. The prevalence of myopia is rising rapidly, and is associated with significant morbidity in those highly-affected. In this talk, I will present a brief overview on the genetic epidemiology of common myopia, our linkage study work and the results from a detailed association mapping study of 3q26 following replicated linkage to this region.

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