Sudden cardiac death: Can we use genetics to study it?

Use of genetics in the study of sudden cardiac death often occurs in individuals who seem healthy, but who silently carry one of the congenital conditions that can cause this affliction. There are hundreds of genes known to be associated with sudden cardiac death. Thanks to the recent development of tools for genetic diagnosis, great strides are being made in diagnosis and prevention. Take the opportunity to learn about the latest findings in this field from one of the discoverers of the syndrome that bears his name – the Brugada Syndrome – a genetic disorder that causes sudden cardiac death.

About our speaker

Ramon Brugada MD, PhD

Director of the Cardiovascular Genetics Centre, University of Girona, Spain

Ramon Brugada is a Spanish cardiologist. He graduated in Medicine and Surgery at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona in 1990. He specialized in internal medicine at Emory University in Atlanta (1995) and in Cardiology at Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas (2000). The Brugada Syndrome was discovered in 1922 by Josep and Pedro Brugada. However, the first genetic mutations affecting the SCN5A gene associated with the syndrome were identified by Ramon Brugada in 1998.

In 2008, he returned home to lead the project of the new Faculty of Medicine of the University of Girona. He remains at the University of Girona as a professor of medicine and director of the Chair of Cardiovascular Diseases. Since 2008, he has been the director of the Center for Cardiovascular Genetics (GenCardio) at the Institute for Biomedical Research of Girona (IDIBGI) as well as being the head of Cardiology of the University Hospitals Josep Trueta and Santa Caterina in Girona, director of the Familial Cardiopathy Unit and director of the diagnostic laboratory of cardiovascular genetics.

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