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November 28, 2011
OHIO STATE RECEIVES NHLBI AWARD FOR ARRHYTHMIA RESEARCH
Researchers at the Ohio State University Medical Center have received a $1.9 million grant from the National Institutes of Health Heart, Lung and Blood Institute to identify the mechanisms responsible for potentially fatal cardiac arrhythmias in humans. Peter Mohler, director of Ohio State’s Dorothy M. Davis Heart and Lung Research Institute, will lead a team of researchers who will focus on understanding how genetic and acquired defects in the pathways responsible for normal function and electrical activity result in instability in the heart. Researchers will study the role of two different pathways in the heart, ankyrins and EHD proteins, both of which seem unusually disrupted in human disease. Additional Ohio State researchers include Thomas Hund, Jerry Curran, Jingdong Li, Faith Kline, Patrick Wright and Sean DeGrande.
OSUMC BURN CENTER HOSTS INTERNATIONAL TELECONFERENCE
The burn center at Ohio State University Medical Center recently hosted a three day, international teleconference titled “Initial Evaluation and Stabilization of Electrical Industry Injuries.” Sponsored by AES, the course had more than 70 registrants in 14 countries, including medical students at Ohio State. They learned guidelines for those who give initial evaluations and triage patients who received thermal, electrical, or chemical injuries. “We believe this opportunity to teach others was extremely valuable, not only for the participants, but also to help us be better teachers,” said Dr. Sidney Miller, director of burn research and development at Ohio State and leader of the international program.