Project 1. Should we worry about prion associated heart disease?
Associate Professor Vicki Lawson
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Case reports have described prion associated cardiomyopathy and case control studies support the premise that heart disease is both a cause and consequence of prion disease. These clinical observations are supported by our preliminary observations in mouse models of prion disease. In this study we will establish whether we should worry about prion associated heart disease by modelling the risk of prion disease transmission from prion affected hearts and establishing the relationship between prion infection, enlarged hearts and clinical signs of heart disease.
This research project is available to PhD students, Masters by Research, Honours students, Master of Biomedical Science, Post Doctor Researchers to join as part of their thesis.
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