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AGU lecture highlights Genetic causes of Varicose Vascular

November 17, 2020

The Arabian Gulf University (AGU) recently organised a virtual lecture that shed light on a new scientific discovery that explains the genetic relation between varicose vascular diseases and the Piezo1 ion channels that are responsible for it. The new discovery paves the way for new methods of treating varicose veins that differ from the prevailing treatment strategies, which used to limit the problem to its surgical framework.

The lecture was organised by the Physiology Department in AGU’s College of Medicine and Medical Sciences (CMMS) and it hosted Leeds Institute of Cardiovascular and Metabolic Medicine Head and Dean of the Multidisciplinary Cardiovascular Research Centre (MCRC) at the University of Leeds in the United Kingdom Dr David Beech.

During the lecture, Dr Beech defined the Piezo1 ion channels and the extent of its impact on the heart and blood vessels, explaining that it was only discovered before 10 years and exists in multiple cells and tissues in the human body, adding that the impairment of its functions leads to a correlation with the infection of some types of anaemia and diseases of the lymphatic vessels and veins.

It was also highlighted during the online activity that recent scientific research has found a link between genetic mutations in the Piezo1 protein and the development of varicose veins. The lecture pointed out that scientifically, before this discovery, varicose veins was known to be the result of a dysfunction of the venous valves between the deep veins and the superficial veins, while the new discovery opens the door to the possibility of knowing other causes of varicose veins, consequently developing new treatment strategies.

Among the attendees was AGU’s Physiology Department Head Dr Rima Abdulrazzaq, who stated that is the lecture the first joint research project to study a medical strategy for varicose veins, making it the first of its kind in the Kingdom of Bahrain, and fulfilling the aim of making the University a distinguished centre for cardiovascular research in the region.