Heart Institute scientist to investigate role of genetics in preventing rare form of heart disease

Funding for Dr. Kyoung-Han Kim’s innovative research project will be delivered through the Ontario Research Fund and the Early Researcher Awards
April 4, 2024

Dr. Kyoung-Han Kim, a scientist at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute (UOHI), has been awarded an Early Researcher Award from the government of Ontario.

Dr. Kyoung-Han Kim, University of Ottawa Heart Institute
Dr. Kim’s research program focuses on the genetic and metabolic regulation of heart development, function and disease, with an emphasis on obesity, diabetes and heart failure.

Dr. Kyoung-Han Kim is the director of the Functional Genetics and Metabolism Laboratory at the UOHI, will receive $190,000 over five years for his project “Combinatorial role of Iroquois homeobox genes in ventricular non-compaction cardiomyopathy.”

The Early Researcher Awards support researchers working at publicly funded Ontario research institutions in making discoveries that help advance the development of innovative new products and technologies.

In the proposed studies, Dr. Kim and his research team will use multidisciplinary approaches to understand how new genetic factors work together to ensure proper heart muscle development, thereby preventing left ventricular non-compaction cardiomyopathy (LVNC), a rare and distinctive heart disease with unique morphological characteristics.

The results of this study will benefit Ontario by laying the groundwork for the creation of innovative LVNC therapies and diagnoses as well as enhancing the province's research profile. Dr. Kim's research program will also train the next generation of researchers who will contribute to academia as well as the biomedical and biotechnology industries.

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The University of Ottawa Heart Institute stands as one of Canada’s most distinguished heart health centres for the unparalleled care it provides to its patients, a world-renowned research institute that brings science from bench to bedside, and the country’s main influencer when it comes to preventing heart disease. Its promise remains the very pillar on which it was built: Always putting patients first.

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