The Heart of the Matter

Since 1958, average life expectancy in the US has increased by 10 years. According to Igor Efimov, the inaugural chair of GW’s Department of Biomedical Engineering and the Alisann and Terry Collins Professor of Biomedical Engineering, the 68 percent reduction in the mortality rate from heart disease during the same period is a huge contributor to this remarkable gain in life expectancy.

That said, heart disease still remains the country’s number one killer, and Dr. Efimov has dedicated his life’s work to better understanding and developing devices to treat it.

Mutations leading to sudden cardiac arrest

Very powerful family story about lethal mutations leading to sudden cardiac death. Stories like this make our work on arrhythmias and development of new therapies highly meaningful. We found TRP genes remodeled in patients with end-stage heart failure, but their role in cardiac electrophysiology is not well-studied. We plan to focus on them in one of our future grant applications.

New NIH grant is funded!

Our new collaborative NIH grant 1R01HL126802 is funded starting January 1, 2016! This is a collaboration with Professor Natalia Trayanova from Johns Hopkins University and Professor Julia Gorelik from the Imperial College London. Grant is titled: "EXPLORATION OF ARRHYTHMOGENIC TRIGGERS AND SUBSTRATES IN HEART FAILURE". First year budget is $757,771. We are looking forward to this exciting scientific collaboration with Trayanova and Gorelik labs.