About The Author

Andrea Carmine Belin is a senior researcher and head of the Carmine Belin research group at the Karolinska Institutet.

The purpose of our research is to increase the understanding of the pathophysiology of neurological disorders with a focus on neurovascular disorders such as cluster headache by identifying, characterizing and modelling genetic markers within the human genome since genetic factors have been proposed as a causative role. We suggest that there are multiple genetic factors that combine in different ways to increase or decrease risk for disease. These factors need to be identified in order to begin unwinding the causative pathways leading to the different forms of the disorder. Knowledge about gene function and findings from linkage and genome-wide association studies are applied to clinical material (DNA and cell lines) and data collected from patients with cluster headache as well as neurologically healthy controls to decipher genetic factors.