Researchers discover new genes responsible for stroke and dementia

A set of new genes discovered may help researchers better understand, treat, and prevent stroke, Alzheimer’s, and other dementias.

The study, published in Lancet Neurology, was carried out by researchers at Boston University School of Medicine, Bordeaux University, Washington University, and the University of Calgary, among other institutions.

The researchers discovered a new gene called FOXF2, which increased the risk of having a stroke due to small vessel disease in the brain. Small vessel disease not only causes stroke but also contributes to risk of dementia, according to a statement from Boston University School of Medicine.

“Unraveling the mechanisms of small vessel disease is essential for the development of therapeutic and preventive strategies for this major cause of stroke,” Sudha Seshadri, study author and professor of neurology at Boston University School of Medicine, said in a statement.


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