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International network to study the causes behind IBS
Date:1/28/2013

" adds docent Mauro D'Amato from Karolinska Institutet's Department of Biosciences and Nutrition, member of the GENIEUR management committee and leader of the team who discovered the involvement of TNFSF15 and NPSR1 genes in IBS.

"We need very large numbers of thoroughly-characterized patients in order to increase our chances to detect true genetic predisposing factors".

For this purpose, the teams in GENIEUR aim to establish a large IBS biobank of clinical material from patients and healthy controls.

In so doing, they are also aiming to identify reliable biomarkers and compile a catalogue of criteria to precisely assign patients to individual clinical subgroups.

Besides gastroenterologists and human geneticists, the network also includes nutritionists, psychiatrists, immunologists, physiologists, neurobiologists, microbiologists, bioinformatic specialists and epidemiologists.

"With this broad knowledge included, the potential to achieve clinically important discoveries for this large group of patients is tremendous" says Prof Simren. More information is available at www.genieur.eu.


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Contact: Magnus Simren
magnus.simren@medicine.gu.se
University of Gothenburg
Source:Eurekalert

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