A research grant of £191,250 has been awarded to Dr Alan Stewart from the British Heart Foundation to carry out a new 3-year study entitled “Role of zinc in controlling histidine-rich glycoprotein (HRG) complex formation: Implications for the development of thrombotic complications”. This work will advance current knowledge of the structure and function of HRG, a key molecule involved in controlling coagulation, and its regulation of haemostasis in health and disease. In addition, the project will evaluate a potentially novel zinc-dependent haemopathological mechanism in diabetes patients stemming from elevated plasma FFA levels and modulation of HRG functioning. The study is a collaboration between investigators at the University of St Andrews (Dr Stewart, Dr Samantha Pitt and Prof. James Naismith) and the University of Leeds (Dr Ramzi Ajjan).
The Northwood Charitable Trust has just awarded Dr Samantha J. Pitt a small grant (£21,000) titled “Regulation of cardiac function; new mechanisms and novel ion channels”
This research will address the role of zinc signalling in regulating sarcoplasmic reticulum ion-channel function during excitation contraction coupling, and will characterise the potential detrimental role of zinc in cardiomyopathies.
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