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Student research project

Supervisor(s): Morag Young and Judy de Haan

Project summary

Patients with diabetes are disproportionally affected by the incidence of cardiovascular disease (CVD); diabetic cardiac myopathy (DCM) affects ~20–25% of patients with diabetes. New therapies are needed to address this significant unmet need in the diabetic population. 

Mineralocorticoid receptor (MR) antagonists (MRA) are protective in DCM but side effects caused by poor kidney function limit its use in the clinic. This project will test a new MRA in development with an improved safety profile in a model of DCM.

Diabetic mice (STZ model) will be given vehicle, a standard MRA or a novel MRA and the impact on cardiac remodelling, cardiac and renal function and diabetic metabolic endpoints will be investigated to determine any benefit of the new MRA for DCM.

Related methods, skills or technologies

This project is suitable for a Masters, Honours or PhD student and will involve the application of various techniques including animal models, immunohistochemistry, cell culture RNA and protein isolation, RT PCR and western blot techniques. If time permits, bioinformatic analysis of databases of patients with cardiac disease.

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