Dr. Lee Eckhardt is Awarded Grant from NIH-NHLBI

July 27th, 2018

CVRC trainer and past trainee, Dr. Lee Eckhardt, MD, MS, associate professor, Cardiovascular Medicine, has been awarded $1.5M over 4 years (R01) from the National Institutes of Health – National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NIH-NHLBI) for a proposal entitled, “KCNJ2-Induced Arrhythmia Mechanisms in CPVT and Heart Failure.” The research will focus on the role of ion channel protein Kir2.1 encoded by the gene KCNJ2 in arrhythmic sudden cardiac death (SCD), which is a leading cause of death in the United States. SCD can be caused by ionic current abnormalities occurring in genetic arrhythmia syndromes or acquired heart disease such as heart failure.

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