U Heart Researcher Wins $1.6 Million NIH Grant

U Heart Researcher Wins $1.6 Million NIH Grant

May 5, 2004 6:00 PM

A University of Utah heart researcher has received a $1.6 million, five-year grant from the National Institutes of Health to study the elevation of intracellular calcium in heart cells-a critical component of cardiac output.

John H.B. Bridge, Ph.D., research professor of internal medicine at the U School of Medicine and an investigator at the Nora Eccles Harrison Cardiovascular Research and Training Institute (CVRTI), will use the grant to study the mechanisms in beat-to-beat elevation of intracellular calcium in heart cells. This rise in calcium causes heart cells to contract and is crucial for sustaining normal cardiac output.

Bridge's research, which was reviewed by the Heart, Blood, and Lung Institute of the NIH, will provide insight into the relationship between calcium movement across heart cell membranes and the release of calcium from internal storage sites.

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