Finding Genes For Familial Fainting

Grant number: 509135 | Funding period: 2008 - 2010



Fainting (syncope) is a common disorder leading to blackouts, which can cause injury. Breath-holding is a related problem in younger children also resulting in blackouts. Both of these conditions can run in families but little is known about what causes these events. We will study large families to identify the genes underlying these common phenomena. This will deepen our understanding of patterns of inheritance, improve genetic counseling, and lead to better diagnostic and treatment options.