A form of HS is transmitted within some families [1-4]. Additional research is required to identify the genes involved. This new avenue of research may not only provide more information about how this disease occurs, but may also lead to the development and delivery of new and more effective therapies to relieve the pain and suffering of HS. Worldwide participation and collaboration are the methods by which the HSF seeks to hasten, expedite and coordinate the search for the genetic causes of HS. At the First International HS Research Symposium held March 30-April 2, 2006 in Dessau, Germany, new scientific data on the genetics of HS was presented, which is now published in full .
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2000 Clinical Genetics of Hidradenitis Suppurativa by Jan von der Werth et al. 
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Genome-Wide Linkage Analysis and Candidate Genes: The genome-wide linkage screen using 400 fluorescently labelled primers on a number of families resulted in two candidate regions for HS susceptibility. These two regions were found on separate chromosomes indicating that HS is a genetically heterogeneous disease. Although no mutation has been found some of the genes appeared to be good candidates due to their function or expression. 
The Importance of Collaborative Research: Both genetic and environmental factors have been identified as potential causative factors but assessment of their importance is hampered by the lack of systematic analyses considering potential confounding effects and interactions. For the future a larger collaborative research network promoting more systematic research activity would be desirable. 
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