Discovering new ways to diagnose, treat and repair diseases of the heart
Your heart is precious. It needs protecting.
Globally, one death every 1.5 seconds is caused by a heart disease. How can we address one of the world’s biggest killers?
Smoking, alcohol, family history, diabetes, and high blood pressure are all risk factors making your heart more susceptible to disease. The more of these factors you have, the higher your chance of developing a heart problem. Many of these risk factors can be reduced by a change in lifestyle, but others are out of our control.
Why do some hearts stop functioning? How can we stop it from happening? How do we develop treatments for heart diseases?
This Masterclass will discuss how research conducted through the British Heart Foundation is helping to answer these questions. The aim: stopping or reversing the processes that lead to heart problems.
Eiry Jones is a British Heart Foundation doctoral student at the Centre for Cardiovascular Science at the University of Edinburgh, UK. She has recently investigated the effect of a high fat diet on our body’s ability to create energy for cell survival and is now exploring the effect of nitric oxide, a gaseous molecule regulating cardiac function, on the development of zebrafish hearts. Previously, as part of her Masters in Natural Sciences at Lancaster University, she explored how misfolded proteins can cause organ dysfunction and contribute to atherosclerosis, the blockage of arteries, a main factor in cardiovascular diseases.
Eiry is an alumna of the British Section of the Lycée International de Ferney-Voltaire.