Title of Project
Does ischaemic preconditioning reduce myofibroblast activation in human hearts?
Name of Advisor/s
Dr Lisa Chilton, Dr Robert Kinobe, Dr Pankaj Saxena
College of Public Health, Medical & Veterinary Science
Summary of Project
Ischaemia refers to reduced blood supply to the heart, starving the heart of oxygen and nutrients. This is a common pathological event in people with coronary artery disease (CHD), and often causes heart attacks. Brief bouts of ischaemia may prevent a more prolonged ischaemia from causing as much cell death, an adaptation called ischaemic preconditioning (IPC). Fibroblasts, which are responsible for the extracellular matrix of the heart, differentiate into myofibroblasts following ischaemia. Myofibroblasts may cause pathological collagen deposition known as fibrosis. We will study the effect of IPC on fibroblasts in heart samples from patients with CDH and valve disease.
cardiac, fibrosis, fibroblast, myofibroblast, human
Would suit an applicant who
is interested in biomedicine, both pure, mechanistic research and more translational human research.