Robert W. Davies

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BACKGROUND Genome-wide association studies (GWAS) have identified single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) at multiple loci that are significantly associated with coronary artery disease (CAD) risk. In this study, we sought to determine and compare the predictive capabilities of 9p21.3 alone and a panel of SNPs identified and replicated through GWAS for CAD.(More)
Atrial fibrillation is a highly prevalent arrhythmia and a major risk factor for stroke, heart failure and death. We conducted a genome-wide association study (GWAS) in individuals of European ancestry, including 6,707 with and 52,426 without atrial fibrillation. Six new atrial fibrillation susceptibility loci were identified and replicated in an additional(More)
Myocardial infarction (MI), a leading cause of death around the world, displays a complex pattern of inheritance. When MI occurs early in life, genetic inheritance is a major component to risk. Previously, rare mutations in low-density lipoprotein (LDL) genes have been shown to contribute to MI risk in individual families, whereas common variants at more(More)
BACKGROUND Recent genome-wide association studies (GWAS) have identified several novel loci that reproducibly associate with coronary artery disease (CAD) and/or myocardial infarction risk. However, known common CAD risk variants explain only 10% of the predicted genetic heritability of the disease, suggesting that important genetic signals remain to be(More)
INTRODUCTION Atrioventricular (AV) block is infrequently associated with QT prolongation and torsades de pointes (TdP). It was hypothesized that patients with AV block-mediated QT-related arrhythmia may have latent congenital long QT syndrome or a vulnerable genetic polymorphism. METHODS Eleven patients with complete AV block and TdP were prospectively(More)
We performed a meta-analysis of 14 genome-wide association studies of coronary artery disease (CAD) comprising 22,233 individuals with CAD (cases) and 64,762 controls of European descent followed by genotyping of top association signals in 56,682 additional individuals. This analysis identified 13 loci newly associated with CAD at P < 5 × 10−8 and confirmed(More)
Recent genome-wide association studies have identified multiple loci robustly associated with plasma lipids, which also contribute to extreme lipid phenotypes. However, these common genetic variants explain <12% of variation in lipid traits. Adiposity is also an important determinant of plasma lipoproteins, particularly plasma TGs and HDL cholesterol (HDLc)(More)
AIMS Atrial fibrillation (AF), the most common sustained cardiac arrhythmia, is an important cause of morbidity and mortality. A genetic mutation in the NPPA gene, which encodes the atrial natriuretic peptide, has been identified as the putative causative factor in a family with an autosomal dominant pattern of inheritance for AF. Two common single(More)
Recent genome-wide association studies (GWASs) have provided a vast amount of new information relevant to the myriad of biological pathways related to atherosclerosis and its progression. Although atherosclerosis is a complex process, both GWASs and candidate gene studies add support to the hypothesis that proinflammatory pathways, involving both innate and(More)