Parkin: The Difference Between Success and Heart Failure

The Wet Lab is hosting a lecture by UCSD Biomedical Sciences PhD student Sarah Shires on the connection between Parkinson’s and heart disease. The lecture will be at the La Jolla Riford Library on Tuesday, July 11th, from 6:30pm – 7:30pm.  human-heart-1700453_960_720

What do your brain and your heart have in common? One cause of both neurodegenerative disease and heart disease is the accumulation of “cellular trash”. Parkin is one of several proteins mutated in patients with Parkinson’s Disease. Parkin is important in taking out and recycling cellular trash. While Parkin is found at higher levels in patients with heart disease, we still don’t know if this is helpful or harmful. I study how changes in Parkin affect the heart, and hope to eventually target Parkin to treat heart disease.


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