Compound may prevent risk of a form of arrhythmia from common medications (Links to an external site)

Compound may prevent risk of a form of arrhythmia from common medications
CBAC Jianmin Cui leads a multi-institutional team to make this discovery. Dozens of commonly used drugs, including antibiotics, antinausea and anticancer medications, have a potential side effect of lengthening the electrical event that triggers contraction, creating an irregular heartbeat, or cardiac arrhythmia called acquired Long QT syndrome. While safe in their current dosages, some of these drugs may have a more therapeutic benefit at higher doses, but are limited by the risk of arrhythmia.

Faculty receive grant for heart health research (Links to an external site)

Faculty receive grant for heart health research
Weikai Li, associate professor of biochemistry and molecular biophysics at the School of Medicine, along with CBAC Member Michael J. Greenberg, assistant professor of biochemistry and molecular biophysics, and Michael L. Gross, professor of chemistry in Arts & Sciences, and of immunology and of medicine at the School of Medicine, received a three-year $750,000 grant from American Heart Association for their research titled “Interdisciplinary structural studies of iron homeostasis in cardiovascular health.”