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The sinoatrial node: keeping the rhythm of the heart beat
Wed, 29 March 2017, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM MDT
The sinoatrial node is the natural pacemaker of the heart that is responsible for initiating the heart beat. Disease of the sinoatrial node leads to cardiac arrhythmias, which are irregular, often dangerous, patterns in the heartbeat. Come listen to Dr. Robert Rose, a world expert on sinoatrial node function and disease, to learn about this fascinating master regulator of the heart.
Libin 101 educates the public on cardiovascular health promotion, disease prevention and the latest research in cardiovascular care. It is an opportunity to bring together researchers with members of the general public to spark discussion about the cardiovascular system and some of the most interesting research currently underway in Calgary.
Speaker: Robert A. Rose, PhD
Dr. Rose completed a PhD at the University of Calgary (2005) and Postdoctoral Fellowship training at the University of Toronto (2005-2008) in the areas of cardiac electrophysiology and cardiac physiology. From 2008 until 2017 Dr. Rose held a faculty position in the Department of Physiology and Biophysics at Dalhousie University.
In our laboratory we are interested in the cellular and molecular basis for cardiac arrhythmias that occur due to genetic mutations or in the setting of common forms of heart disease such as hypertension, heart failure and diabetes. Areas of particular focus include sinoatrial node dysfunction and atrial fibrillation. We are especially interested in the contributions of electrical remodeling of ion channel function as well as structural remodeling and fibrosis to changes in cardiac function. Our experimental approaches span from the cellular and molecular levels to the organ and organism levels.