Pamela A. McCaskie

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BACKGROUND A great deal of effort and expense are being expended internationally in attempts to detect genetic polymorphisms contributing to susceptibility to complex human disease. Techniques such as Linkage Disequilibrium mapping are being increasingly used to examine and compare markers across increasingly large datasets. Visualisation techniques are(More)
BACKGROUND Researchers wishing to conduct genetic association analysis involving single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) or haplotypes are often confronted with the lack of user-friendly graphical analysis tools, requiring sophisticated statistical and informatics expertise to perform relatively straightforward tasks. Tools, such as the SimHap package for(More)
BACKGROUND Interleukin (IL)-18 is a proinflammatory cytokine that has been implicated in several diseases, including atherosclerosis, and increased circulating IL-18 concentrations increase risk of future coronary heart disease (CHD). We evaluated the effect of common variation within the IL18 gene on concentrations of circulating IL-18. METHODS We(More)
BACKGROUND Cholesteryl ester transfer protein (CETP) inhibitors raise high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol, but torcetrapib, the first-in-class inhibitor tested in a large outcome trial, caused an unexpected blood pressure elevation and increased cardiovascular events. Whether the hypertensive effect resulted from CETP inhibition or an off-target(More)
We used our newly developed linkage disequilibrium (LD) plotting software, JLIN, to plot linkage disequilibrium between pairs of single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) for three chromosomes of the Genetic Analysis Workshop 14 Aipotu simulated population to assess the effect of missing data on LD calculations. Our haplotype analysis program, SIMHAP, was used(More)
We combined the results of whole-genome linkage and association analyses to determine which markers were most strongly associated with Kofendrerd Personality Disorder. Using replicate 1 from the Genetic Analysis Workshop 14 Aipotu, Karangar, Danacaa, and New York City simulated populations, we determined that several markers showed significant linkage and(More)
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