US NRI researcher’s cardiac disease project receives grant

INGUksinghKrishna SIngh, a researcher at East Tennessee State University (ETSU) has received a $423,485 grant from the National Institutes of Health for his project related to ischemic heart disease. The grant will boost the project led by Singh, professor at the Department of Biomedical Sciences at Quillen VA Medical Centre.

Singh said the aim of the research is to identify a link between ATM and ischemic heart disease and why some patients are more susceptible to ischemic heart disease than others. The study will focus on examining the role of ATM (ataxia telangiectasia mutated kinase) in the heart muscle cell death and heart function.

Singh also has a VA Merit Review Award from the Department of Veterans Affairs for nearly $1 million to study the role of a protein called osteopontin in heart disease.