Ever wondered what genetics has to do with stroke? Ask our Strokemark expert

June 4, 2018

We are delighted to inform you that we will be holding our very first Ask-Me-Anything event. The central theme is going to be genetics, epigenetics, and stroke. Did you ever ponder questions such as “Is a stroke genetic”? “Do lifestyle factors influence risk for stroke”? “How much control do I actually have over my recovery”?

You will have the opportunity to ask our expert, Dr. Rebecca Graebig-Rancourt, anything you ever wanted to know about the connection between (epi)genetics, lifestyle, and stroke.  Rebecca earned her Ph.D. from the Department of Physiology at Cambridge University and is currently Deputy Head of Molecular biology and Epigenomics for ‘Experimental Obstetrics’ at Charité University Medicine Berlin. Her previous jobs include post-doctoral research fellow at Harvard School of Medicine and Harvard School of Public Health.

The general idea of epigenetics is that although we are born with genes that increase our risk for certain diseases, our circumstances in life can cause genes to be silenced or expressed over time. In other words, they can be turned off (becoming dormant) or turned on (becoming active). This is amazing! It means that everything you do- from what you eat, the medications you take, where you live, who you interact with, when you sleep, how you exercise– all of these can cause chemical changes around the genes that will cause them to turn “on” or “off” over time.

Come and learn more about how epigenetics is related to stroke and stroke recovery in our upcoming Ask-Me-Anything event. If you have questions you would like to ask our expert, please send them to info@strokemark.com or type your question in the form below. You’ll receive the answer to your personal question in your inbox, and we’ll publish an overview of all the questions and answers on Strokemark.

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