The heart as a central player in tissue cross-talk
Dr Magdalene Montgomery
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In adults with diabetes, the most common causes of death are heart disease and stroke. Adults with diabetes are 2-8-fold more likely to die from heart disease or stroke as people without diabetes, and the prevalence of heart failure in T2D individuals is estimated to be 20%. Interestingly, while the current front-line T2D medications are good at improving insulin sensitivity, they don't impact cardiovascular health. We aim to understand changes in heart-secreted factors (ie. cardiokines) in various states of heart disease, and use this knowledge for a more targeted heart-centric therapeutic approach. In this respect, we identified novel cardiokines that affect cardiac inflammation and are currently investigating how overexpression of knockout of these proteins in the heart affects heart function and glycaemic control.
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