On Monday, 02 October, the National Research Foundation in partnership with the Sweden Embassy in Pretoria held its annual Nobel Inspired Lecture at Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University (SMU) in Ga-Rankuwa, Pretoria.
This year’s lecture was delivered by Dr Gasnat Shaboodien, deputy director of the cardiovascular genetics unit at the University of Cape Town, on the ground-breaking research of the CDH2 gene that predisposes young people to cardiac arrest.
The discovery followed 20 years of studying families affected by the Arryhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy (ARVC) to identify the underlying genetic cause CDH2. According to Dr Shaboodien, the significance of this research makes possible the early detection of many unsuspecting people who are affected by ARVC.
Click here to listen to the podcast of the lecture.