1314 Arrhythmogenic Cardiomyopathy

Saving tiny Hearts Research


Projects Funded

Defining New Mechanisms to Uncover the Early Development Manifestation of Arrhythmogenic Cardiomyopathy in Children (2013-2014)

Principal Investigator

Farah Sheikh, PhD
Assistant Professor Department of Medicine (Cardiology)
University of California at San Diego

Project Summary

Arrhythmogenic Cardiomyopathy typically affects the right heart and results in sudden cardiac death in young children including young athletes. These cases are always heart-wrenching when a young child suddenly collapses and dies. Even though it is inherited, early detection is hindered because people carrying mistakes in the genetic code have highly variable clinical symptoms, making AC and catastrophic cardiac events very hard to predict and avoid. This is the second year of funding for this research which aims to identify the non-Coding RNA (ncRNA) and the important role it plays in the mechanisms for right heart development.
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