Neurogenetics in peru, example of translational research

Pilar Mazzetti, Miguel Inca-Martínez, Indira Tirado-Hurtado, Karina Milla-Neyra, Gustavo Silva-Paredes, Anastasia Vishnevetsky, Mario Cornejo-Olivas

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Abstract

© 2015, Instituto Nacional de Salud. All rights reserved. Neurogenetics is an emerging discipline in Peru that links basic research with clinical practice. The Neurogenetics Research Center located in Lima, Peru is the only unit dedicated to the specialized care of neurogenetic diseases in the country. From the beginning, neurogenetics research has been closely linked to the study of Huntington’s Disease (HD), from the PCR genotyping of the HTT gene, to the current haplogroup studies in HD. Research in other monogenic diseases led to the implementation of alternative methodologies for the genotyping of Fragile X and Myotonic Dystrophy Type 1. Both, national and international collaborative efforts have facilitated the discovery of new genetic variants in complex multigenic diseases such as Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease. Additionally, multidisciplinary education and mentoring have allowed for the training of new neurogenetics specialists, supporting the sustained growth of the discipline in the country. The promotion of research in Peru has spurred the growth of neurogenetics research, although limitations in infrastructure, technology, and education remain a challenge for the further growth of research in this field.
Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)787-793
Number of pages7
JournalRevista Peruana de Medicina Experimental y Salud Publica
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StatePublished - 1 Oct 2015

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    Mazzetti, P., Inca-Martínez, M., Tirado-Hurtado, I., Milla-Neyra, K., Silva-Paredes, G., Vishnevetsky, A., & Cornejo-Olivas, M. (2015). Neurogenetics in peru, example of translational research. Revista Peruana de Medicina Experimental y Salud Publica, 787-793. https://doi.org/10.17843/rpmesp.2015.324.1773