In a joint scientific research project, conducted by United Arab Emirates University (UAEU) and the University of Manchester in the United Kingdom, a PhD student, Yah Zhang Hu, won the Best Medical Research Poster Award from the British Society for Cardiovascular Research. The student gave a presentation of his research into the "effects of streptozotocin-induced type-1-diabetes on the sinoatrial node of rat heart", at the British Society of Cardiovascular Research Autumn meeting held at the University of Leeds in the UK.
This research provides new insight into the effects of diabetes on the electrical conduction system of the heart, and is the result of a joint collaboration between the Professor Chris Howarth and Professor Murat Oz from the College of Medicine and Health Sciences of UAEU, and Dr. Halina Dobrzynski from the Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences of the University of Manchester, UK.
The results of these experiments demonstrated the effects of diabetes on heart rate and the structure and function of the sinoatrial node which is the primary pacemaker center of the heart. The findings of the study contribute to our understanding of the mechanisms that underlie rhythm disturbances in the diabetic heart. On a broader level, it shows UAEU commitment to medical research, through its effective partnership with international research institutions.
It is also worth mentioning that diabetes does not only have a negative impact on the heart but also many organs of the body. Hyperglycemia and dyslipidemia, which are features of diabetes, can damage blood vessels, which in turn may interfere with the supply of nutrients and cause irreversible damage to various organs of the body including the eyes, kidneys, heart and brain.
It is hoped that a more detailed understanding of the mechanisms involved in rhythm disturbances in the diabetic heart will pave the way for development of new strategies to treat this serious global health problem. We are hopeful that the findings of this study will be accepted for publication in prestigious scientific and medical journals throughout the world.
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