Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 23 September 2014

Funds go to heart research

Researchers at Queen’s University are working towards new therapies to prevent irregular heart rhythms — known as cardiac arrhythmia — following a £200,000 grant from the British Heart Foundation (BHF) Northern Ireland.

Over the past two years the BHF Northern Ireland has pumped almost £800,000 into research at Queen’s to tackle heart disease, Northern Ireland’s biggest killer.

Dr Anthony Collins, from the Centre for Vision and Vascular Science in Queen’s School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences explained: “This research is looking at the changes that take place in the muscle of a diseased heart – the changes that cause the irregular heart beat.

“Our long-term aim is to look at ways of making the heart muscle better by developing gene or drug-based therapies.”

Marjory Burns, BHF Northern Ireland Director thanked the public for their donations.

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