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Identifying the genetics of lipidema

Identifying the genetics of lipidema

PhD project

Lipidema is a debilitating disease caused by excessive accumulation of fat in arms and lower extremities, affecting women at the onset of puberty. There is no known cure. Often, there is a lymphodema component associated with this disease but the precise role of lymphatics in disease pathology is unclear. This project will initiate a genetic screen of affected individuals and their families in order to identify genes that may be affected in these patients. This project will utilise human genetics, immunohistochemistry and bioinformatics of patient samples including blood and tissue to determine whether there is a mutation within a specific gene that causes lipidema.

Supervised by:

  • Dr Tara Karnezis
  • Dr Ramin Shayan
  • Disease Focus:

  • Cancer
  • Research Unit:

  • Lymphatic & regenerative surgery