Sunday 15 September 2019

Fitness cycle: Clinic looks at how genes shape health

Pedal power: Personal trainer Karl Henry with Rebecca McGrath of GenoFit. Photo: Conor McCabe
Pedal power: Personal trainer Karl Henry with Rebecca McGrath of GenoFit. Photo: Conor McCabe
Eilish O'Regan

Eilish O'Regan

A new research centre aims to find out how people's genes influence their health and fitness.

Genomics Medicine Ireland, in Pearse Street, Dublin, wants members of the public to become volunteers by giving blood to help in the search for genetic factors and expand its GenoFit research.

Speaking at the launch, fitness expert Karl Henry said: "I love crunching the numbers behind our physiology, which is why it's great to hear that everyone participating in GenoFit will receive feedback on key health metrics such as a DEXA scan for bone mineral density, blood sugar and blood-pressure levels and BMI measurements at no cost. The volunteers will also be assisting in genomic research studies that will in time benefit Irish patients with chronic illnesses, so it's a win-win for everyone."

CEO Anne Jones said: "Genomics is the future of medicine - it holds enormous potential."

Irish Independent

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