CIHR awards research grants to Libin members

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) recently announced their latest funding decisions and several members of the Libin Cardiovascular Institute of Alberta have received grants.

Libin members represent 30 percent of all successful University of Calgary applicants so a big congratulations is in order for:

Dr. Brenda Gerull who receives her CIHR grant on her first application, a memorable feat and noteworthy achievement. Her project objective is to look at Molecular Mechanisms of Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular Cardiomyopathy (ARVC) due to Mutations in Cellular Junctions Proteins.

Read more about her work in this paper on “Molecular Insights into Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular Cardiomyopathy Caused by Plakophilin-2 Missense Mutations” which was recently accepted into Circulation: Cardiovascular Genetics.

Dr. Wayne Chen who is exploring the role of the Ryanodine Receptor in Cardiac Alternans and Ventricular Fibrillation. He’s currently investigating how alternating changes in calcium release occurs and how defects in the calcium release channel lead to calcium release alternations and irregular heartbeats. Look for a feature on Dr. Wayne Chen in the upcoming issue of Libin Life, out August 2012.

Dr. Wayne Giles who is studying Communication and Crosstalk Between Fibroblasts and Heart Cells in the Mammalian Myocardium. His proposed experimental and modelling studies will result in an improved understanding of the principles and cellular mechanisms which govern the physiological, pharmacological and pathophysiological responses of non-muscle cells (fibroblasts) isolated from the hearts of adult mammals.

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