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Hypertension breakthrough: families linked to the silent killer

For the first time, this break-through discovery demonstrates the role anion channels take in adrenal cell membranes for the production of aldosterone by the adrenal gland and the development of hypertension.

This important new discovery establishes the cause of a substantial fraction of early-onset primary aldosteronism, a condition which causes high blood pressure.

Professor Michael Stowasser is a leading Endocrine Hypertension Researcher with over 25 years clinical research experience in pathogenesis and management of hypertension and especially potentially curable endocrine varieties, including primary aldosteronism. Professor Stowasser, part of an international team of endocrine hypertension researchers, made the recent discovery announcement of the chloride channel gene mutation with familial links to primary aldosteronism.

Professor Stowasser is the Director of the Hypertension Units at Greenslopes Private and the Princess Alexandra Hospitals and Director of the Endocrine Hypertension Research Centre at the University of Queensland Diamantina Institute, in Brisbane. In addition, he is the current President of the High Blood Pressure Research Council of Australia, President of the Asian-Pacific Society of Hypertension and President of the Queensland Hypertension Association Inc.

Hypertension = the silent killer